Dear So and So – The Hospital Edition

Dear So and So...

Dear Slightly Dizzy Nurse

Thanks so much for making my Dads stay very comfortable. Just a suggestion though. I think you scared the hell out of him when you said he’d look like a patient from those “scary medical dramas with tubes coming out everywhere.” Actually, I was pretty speechless too and when you started gesturing for effect that thud you heard was my Dads jaw hitting the floor. You were fantastic other than that though.

Dear Very Camp Nurse
I love your shocking red hair. It definitely added some colour to an otherwise drab ward. I did feel a bit sorry for that patient though. You know, the one that thought his morphine was his buzzer to call you. I even giggled when you told him “he’s probably away with the fairies but at least he’s not in any pain!”. I think that look he gave you wasn’t drowsiness though; I think he wanted to punch you in the face. Just saying.

Dear Guy in the Car Park
Sorry. My brother and I were circulating the damn car park for ages and did that thing where you spot someone walking back to their car and start following them rather slowly (and creepily) to bag a space. I suggested to my brother I thought it would be funny, if you were to turn around and look at us, to turn off the car lights very quickly (so you’d think the car was stationary. Genius). He added it would be funnier to dive down to pretend no-one was in it. (How scary would that be if it actually happened!). We laughed hysterically at the thought of it and, when you did turn around, I didn’t think my brother would actually dive down to hide. I was slightly stunned too and then laughed like a drain. Thankfully (I think) you didn’t think we were too odd. I felt quite guilty when you then helped me squeeze my car into the tiny space. Sorry again. It had been a long week with my Dads op and it was just a way of releasing some tension.

Dear Staff, Nurse and Surgeons at Manchester Hospital
Thanks very much for fixing my Dads heart. I know you kept telling us not to worry and that heart surgery has come a long way but it’s still amazing isn’t it, what you can do inside a heart. I know I should have remembered what a Mitral Valve was from my A level Biology days but Wikipedia gave me a good read! And you do 4 ops a day? Bloody hell, you are good. I really hope the Government doesn’t mess up the NHS. For all the crap red tape and gripes, it does an amazing job. Hats off to you!


  1. The Boy and Me (@TheBoyandMe) October 14, 2011 / 2:52 pm

    That’s a brilliant post missus, really like that! Hope your dad’s ok now, had no idea that he was having such a major operation.

  2. Expat Mammy October 14, 2011 / 8:27 pm

    Excellent, great post.x

  3. Mum2babyinsomniac October 15, 2011 / 6:46 am

    Ahh I am glad it went well and that you managed to find a way to bring some humour into the occasion! The medical staff sounded very interesting! x

    • NotMyYearOff October 18, 2011 / 3:18 pm

      They really were. Takes all sorts to keep their spirits up I guess 🙂

  4. Mel (MilkChic Breastfeeding Fashion) October 15, 2011 / 4:57 pm

    Sounds like you had a big week. Glad your Dad’s op went well – the car park made me giggle. Am tempted to try that myself 🙂

    • NotMyYearOff October 18, 2011 / 3:20 pm

      Hehe it would be so funny if done right.

  5. Mum2Four (@AlliMarshall) October 18, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    I’m glad your Dad is ok & that his operation was a success.
    I have to say I can’t wait to try the car park trick – I’m even tempted to drive to our local hospital for no other reason than to spook someone – is that bad?

    • NotMyYearOff October 18, 2011 / 3:19 pm

      Do it do it! I wish I had now.

  6. Susan Mann October 20, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    What a lovely post, so pleased your dad is ok. Doctors and nurses are the best x

  7. Glynis Mesecar October 24, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Hi, thx for this article – really helpful!

  8. Lauren October 24, 2011 / 9:00 pm

    This is lovely. Although shame on the first nurse for doing what she did.
    Love the car trick although I would run for my life if someone did that to me!
    Glad your dad is ok xx

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