Day 15 – The Large Machine

From a health perspective last night and today have been pretty good.  Temps touched on 38 for a while and fevers were less than previous nights.  The visit from the medical team seemed to be much shorter than on previous occasions and the best news was the lumber puncture (analysis of spinal cord fluid) revealed that the Leukemia had not progressed into my brain (what a huge relief!).  An upper torso rash from antibiotics has prevented me from sending naked photos but there does not appear to be any other side effects.

Here’s a shot of my leukemia-free brain. Also, my appetite is finally starting to return.

Feeling a little better, I started to explore the option of improving the visual sights outside my room with a garden.  The Unit that I am in (7B) is very new (in fact only a year old) having being built on top of the original hospital (circa 1940s) as the best way of modernising the upper levels (would anyone think that the process of reinforcing 4 lower floors and continuing construction with a hospital full of sick patients would be a good idea?  Steve Butt might have an answer?)

Anyway as Clinical Nurse and outpatient adviser Peter Hayward said to me there will be more than a few times when you would notice the difference (and benefit) of being located in a regional hospital – things just seem to happen more quickly.

For example at my 9.30am medical consult the doctors decided to that I needed yet another (Anti) drug to combat a bout of thrush.  This is an oral lozenge similar to a Strepsil – 4 times a day.  But getting hold of this is not so simple.  The order has to be faxed (yes I am serious – faxed. A carrier pigeon would be quicker!) to the hospital pharmacy and processed before it can be picked up by my nurse on duty.  If the first few days of my arrival one order took more than 2 days to be processed as the fax machine had not been working and no one had detected this!  So 6 hours later my little lozenges are still stuck in the fax machine!

Perhaps it would have been faster to employ one of these for the delivery

Back to the garden.  We have now managed to move through 4 layers of bureaucracy to get to some decision makers to see if it would be possible for the facilities team to upgrade the view immediately outside my window.  I’m sure you would appreciate Jan and my mutual love of all things beautiful – gardens, art, sculpture and nature in general.  My task was now to convince the facilities team that they could do something inside this century and make a difference to my life whilst I reside in the hospital.

So we managed to come up with two plans – a short term option involving some kinetic sculptures and a longer term one with an atrium style garden and possible butterfly enclosure (totally beyond the comprehension of the planning team – but one that might just work).

At one stage I briefly mentioned we would be happy to make a contribution to the hospital to help with these works and within 15 minutes the lovely Sandy (complete with corporate Red Jacket and lots of jewellery) arrived to discuss gifts to the Hospital Foundation – tax deductible of course!

Anyway that is underway and even if it costs a few $$ I am sure it will make a huge difference to my overall well-being (and hopefully everyone else in the ward as well, including the staff room next door).

Room with a not much of a view

14 thoughts on “Day 15 – The Large Machine

  1. Glad you are feeling a little better – even at 38 degrees.

    I’m sure we could have a whip around and score two dozen unused, unloved fax machines and connect them in series between your bed and the pharmacy.

    Ask Sandy…the corporate red jacket jewellery lady if we could send down a couple of ute loads of dirt and a few river gum branches – anything better than the fire proof aluminium cladding.

    Have a restful night


  2. Yes, there certainly is a bit of the old mojo returning!!
    Actually, I think you have missed a calling…writing. I really look forward to your daily blog, especially after a hard day at the desk (and given that it’s now 1:28am, today has been one of those)!! Bloody computers 😦
    I’m ignoring the naked photo suggestion…
    Good luck with your garden.


  3. Can you post photos via a comment on this blog? If so can someone advise pls. I’m sure a few Rotary and other pics would go down well.


  4. Oh Geoff, thank you for the updates. It’s great to read that you’ve had some positive news. Keep that facilities manager/ gardener on their toes and you’ll have a beautiful outlook in no time. x


  5. Hi Geoffrey
    Annie and Ruby just gone to donate blood! First timers
    What ever you do, that view can only get better.
    Pharmacy needs an app like 365 cups.
    I’ve decided to confess, yes, I am sending up those prayers while we await your next blog!


  6. Geoff such an early insight into how hospitals should be designed but are not! Garden spaces for both patients and staff or at least lovely views should be important- having been involved in this process it is easy to see why it gets sidelined – I firmly believe it shouldn’t be!


  7. Hey Geoff, see your inquisitive mind is still sharp re the building question. My guess is lack of ground space and the cost of real estate so let’s go up…. I’ll send you a few few more curly ones soon to review
    Loving the blog and all of Marrar tennis club says hello and best wishes


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