I can be quite critical of the overall service I got from the NHS, but I remember well one brilliant woman, an occupational therapist, who went out of her way to help me. It seemed that way anyway. I remember when my arm was newly-buggered, I stressed about how I would get home in my shoes, when I couldn't tie my laces up. This lady printed something off showing a one-handed method. Ultimately, I never used it, favouring instead some elastic corkscrew-type laces which don't need tying. But she went the extra mile for me.
I never saw her immediately before my discharge, she must have been off. So I regretted that I never got the chance to say "thank you". I rectified that when I started volunteering, and ever since we've said Hi when we've seen each other.
I saw her at my drop-in again today.
BEFORE YOU START: Please note that although I currently volunteer for both the Stroke Association and Age UK, the views expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a spokesperson for either (or, indeed, for any) organisation, and I accept complete responsibility for the views expressed herein. I've tried to use the Glossary to explain any ambiguous terms, but if you think there is anything I've missed, please message me.