I was informed late on the Thursday I would be flown to Hervey Bay in a brand new jet from USA, that night. The excitement was immense for myself and the nurses. Right on 5pm the wards man arrived to take me to the RBWH transit lounge where the paramedics would arrive for the transfer to Brissie airport. Tim and I were thrilled.
Sure enough two lovely young paramedics arrived and smoothly wheeled me out to the waiting van. Slow trip via the tunnel to the Brisbane RFDS base. The pilots were excited too and showed me the jet as much as they could while strapped down to a comfy stretcher bed. Gordon, the young paramedic who travelled in the back of the van with me from the hospital chatted about politics etc.while we waited for the jet to be ready for takeoff.
Another female was loaded on…she was returning from intensive treatment after a near death car accident here in the bay. Miriam was our nurse…very nice young lady.
At last we left about 7.30 pm….so smooth. So exciting. I snoozed though and enjoyed the flight.
On arrival at the Bay airport, an ambulance van waited for us. Soon wheeled in but the girl had to be taken to the loo by Miriam first. A polite young guy told me she had to go to Maryborough and me to the Bay hospital. Then it went downhill.
An older paramedic plonked himself in the comfy carer’s chair between and proceeded to ask the younger patient many questions……but as he did so, he caressed her scars including those on her thigh. I was shocked for a while at the blatant actions of this man. Far too creepy for me. I held his hand as he put his on the lump of my previously broken arm, saying his hand could warm my frozen one trying to keep his from wandering on the younger woman. He looked so smug. She looked a tad uncomfortable but didn’t say anything.
As they wheeled me into the ward I wondered what was happening now he was alone with her in the van. I told my story to the nurses and my paramedic as they put me to bed etc….the nurses were horrified….the p’medic admitted sometimes this guy could go a bit too far. I lodged a complaint next day because sleep was out of the question that night for me and I eventually woke up exhausted, upset and feeling downright ill. When they spoke to this patient she said she was okay with his actions as he was just being comforting and gave her a hug. Ugh!! Naive I think. Anyway it’s in the hands of those who can action things…I don’t want anyone sacked, but this behaviour is not accepted in other States and should not be tolerated here either.
So that really ruined the homecoming and I spent a lot of time crying about it all and wearing myself out.
Now of course it’s the waiting game again before I get to Maryborough. To get a room for further assessment and rehab at the care unit pictured below. One of the drugs I take has seriously downgraded my muscle tone in the legs and that has to be rectified. I’ve also opted not to take as many painkillers. I don’t need them all the time and the sleepiness was doing my head in.
It is lovely being able to see Mary and Adrian and Steven often. It’s a 25 min drive from Maryborough which is great compared to 3 1/2 hours.
I have asked for my transfer to Maryborough to be fast tracked if possible. Couple of days. No TV in the room at all……but the best part is the food is prepared here in-house and is so good. I have been happily surprised with the meals offered, and the Beef Broth is wonderful!
The nurses are different to the girls who were part of my ‘room family’ in Brisbane, but most of them are great.
My rehab begins tomorrow but in the meantime I’ve had dosages reduced, and have been doing exercises with my legs in bed as suggested by the physio. The worst is my left arm where I broke it. It’s pretty useless.
It will take time but I’ll get there.
Till next time much love and big hugs xxxx.