A perspective we don’t always hear about whether as healthcare professionals or lay people. I highly encourage everyone to read the article, it’s not long but I think there is something for everyone to take out of it.Basic manners can go a long way not just in a professional setting but also in our own every day lives. It’s a disheartening reality to know that this kind of behaviour is not uncommon among healthcare professionals.  I think it goes to show a little can go a long way and I highly encourage people to take some time to read it.

A brief synopsis of the article:

A patient’s personal view of long term care.

Seen through the eyes of a patient totally paralyzed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, this moving book takes you through the psychological and physical pain of an eleven month hospital stay. BED NUMBER TEN reads like a compelling novel, but is entirely factual.

You will meet:

The ICU staff who learned to communicate with the paralyzed woman – and those who did not bother.

The physicians whose visits left her baffled about her own case.

The staff and physicians who spoke to her and others who did not recognize her presence.

The nurse who tucked Sue tightly under the covers, unaware that she was soaking with perspiration.

The nurse who took the time to feed her drop by drop, as she slowly learned how to swallow again.

The physical therapist who could read her eyes and spurred her on to move again as if the battle were his own.

In these pages, which reveal the caring, the heroism, and the insensitivity sometimes found in the health care fields, you may even meet people you know.

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