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    Quote Originally Posted by Dis1960 View Post
    You were lucky that musical beds had finished for the day

    In the last week Iíve been in bed 14 .11 and now bed 13

    Congratulations on tracking your prey
    Ha ha ha,

    It's a good job you didn't land in bed 13 when I was in it! Wouldn't that have caused a scandal? Hee hee hee.

    Terry, I'm afraid I don't know if Douglas has a wheelchair in here. If he does, staff will probably confiscate it as they'll be afraid he'll be corrupted by me and joi
    Dina


    Trying to keep positive, but not always managing.

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    Hi Dina,

    I am mischief and always try to cause trouble in a delightful way.

    It would be great if both of you could get about and sit outside or in the coffee shop.

    Anything to break up the day and promote interest.

    Love Terry

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    Thank you for taking the time to explain it Lynne.

    We don't have bays or wards, ours our called Units, for example ICU (Intensive Care Unit) Wards is more an old school term we don't really say here anymore. Our Units have private and semi-private rooms with only one or two beds to a room. Men and women don't share the same room (unless husband and wife) but men and woman are all on the same Unit together.

    The hospital I work for prefers we call the patients 'guests', which I personally find amusing, its not like these patients are checking in at the Hilton, although some 'guests' think they are lol

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    Hi CC,

    What Lynne has explained is largely true. However, I am in a specialist ventilation unit which is effectively a High Dependency Unit. It has staffing for 12 patients, but beds for 16 - this gives the staff flexibility to accommodate varying numbers of male and female patients. There are three bays with four beds each, housing either male or female patients (it varies according to numbers of each). There are also two single rooms and one room with two beds.

    The unit has a good staffatient ratio and also has its own specialist staff such as physiotherapists, dietician, speech and language therapist, pharmacist, occupational therapist plus consultants and junior doctors.
    Dina


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    On a separate note Dina; you said the wheelchair you're using is pretty uncomfortable - if they cannot provide a better option, I hope you're not in it for long at any one time, as the last thing you need is to get sores
    Hi Ellie,

    I was part-way through getting my wheelchair sorted when I ended up in here. I certainly limit the time I spend in my chair for that reason, as well as because of the discomfort.
    Dina


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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Hi Dina,

    I am mischief and always try to cause trouble in a delightful way.

    It would be great if both of you could get about and sit outside or in the coffee shop.

    Anything to break up the day and promote interest.

    Love Terry
    Hi Dina and Douglas,

    Good suggestion of TC's to meet up in a coffee shop, if you can - and you might even see him in there, entertaining the cafe girls again with his sweet-talk and his excellent taste in music!

    But if you do see TC in the coffee shop, you'd better keep a close eye on all your portions of cream - in case he tries to get his paws on them (as, unsurprisingly, TC does like his coffee to be extra creamy!) .....
    ..... although, of course, there's nothing wrong with wanting to be the forum's cat that's got the cream !

    I hope you both enjoy your next secret rendezvous (shhhh....we won't tell the nurses, if you don't! LOL).

    Love Kayleigh x
    Last edited by Kayleigh; 27th September 2019 at 20:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillette View Post
    I was part-way through getting my wheelchair sorted when I ended up in here. I certainly limit the time I spend in my chair for that reason, as well as because of the discomfort.
    Is there any reason that the wheelchair services can't come into the hospital to sort out your comfort in the wheelchair, Dina;

    Love Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Is there any reason that the wheelchair services can't come into the hospital to sort out your comfort in the wheelchair, Dina;

    Love Terry
    Unfortunately they need me to go to the clinic they run as they have to take some measurements and do some other stuff to adapt the chair for me because of the way my body now tilts.

    I shall add it to the very long list of things that I need to do when I am finally discharged. With any luck that might be in around three weeks...
    Dina


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillette View Post

    ... when I am finally discharged. With any luck that might be in around three weeks...
    I'm sorry to hear that Dina - just hope that time passes quickly and it'll mean things will be set up for you to leave hospital.

    Love Ellie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillette View Post
    Situation report:

    At lunchtime today I cheekily snuck into the men's bay of the ward I am in at Wythenshawe Hospital. I was on a secret mission i.e. when staff asked me why I was there I feigned innocence.

    Ah! Success!

    I trundled over to the bed in the the far left corner where I had spotted my prey... and then I pounced! (OK, not exactly pounced as I can't get out of my wheelchair.)

    "Hello," I said, "I'm Dina, from the MND Forum". I am hugely gratified to be able to report that my victim's face broke into a smile and I was given an enthusiastic "thumbs up".

    So, who was my mystery man?

    Why, it was Douglas, of course, otherwise known as Dis1960 here on the forum! I had known for a while that he was a patient on the ward but resisted the temptation to ask staff how he was faring - patient confidentiality, and all that.

    He seemed in fairly good spirits and was happy for me to tell members on here that I had seen him. I was only with him briefly but I am pleased that I met him and introduced myself. I hope to break into the bay again soon.

    Report ends.
    hi Dina, i was there yesterday as a day patient.

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