One year ago today I sat on the neurosurgical ward in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow with my Dad who was unconscious for most of it, holding his hand, reassuring him I was there and it would be okay. The truth is, back then I had no idea if it would be okay or not! On the 9th April 2019 he had a horrendous, life-changing fall off his lorry.
He was left with several broken ribs, 5 fractures in his back and a head injury including bleeding on his brain. When I saw my Dad for the first time he didn’t even know my name. He spent days in and out of consciousness and was very confused throughout. And they were some of the longest, worry-filled days of my life with no idea what would come.
There was lots of medical jargon flying around and the Drs and nurses couldn’t tell me whether he would have permanent damage or even survive at some points. This was 7 months after loosing my mum suddenly and I was faced with the very real possibility of loosing my dad too.
But in that time I saw the love, care and knowledge of all those who looked after my Dad at this amazing hospital. They treated him with nothing but compassion and commitment to helping him recover and giving him the best chance to fight back to good health.
The staff there were amazing with me too. They explained everything to me in simple terms so I understood better and even though they were incredibly busy they always had the time to speak to me, reassure me and get to know me.
I also want to thank all our friends and family who were there for us during that time. It was really scary at some points but I couldn’t have got through it without them. Especially Richard, Janet and Karon who came to Glasgow with me and Sarah Sutcliffe (and Phil) who were always on the phone when I needed them and who went to pick
dad up when he was discharged. And my own other brilliant friends who were there for me personally, you know who you are and I love you ❤️. I am beyond proud to say that in the last year my Dad has fought back and is now doing really well. Apparently it “takes more than that to finish off George”! 💪🏼😂 #dad #NHS #recovery #glasgow #amazing #oneyearon - 55 seconds ago