I was admitted to Monaghan Rehabilitation Unit from Cavern General Hospital on 11th May 2016 after having had a stroke on 3rd May. I received the best of care from all departments and I made a good recovery as a result of the Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language and Nursing input,I made such a good recovery and naturally,I am very grateful.
I visited the Unit recently and was quite overwhelmed at the welcome I received from everyone. It was wonderful to see the team again and appreciated very much Caroline taking the time out to join us. John and I enjoyed the visit so much . We had a great time and thank you all so much for the beautiful plant. I shall try and keep it alive !!
I took some pictures before I left to remind me of the happy experiences I had at Monaghan Rehabilitation Unit.
Here is Grainne. She brought round breakfast most days. I usually had cornflakes and prune juice of course !!! Just take a look at the tea-pot How big is that ? She was always smiling and after breakfast she brought round coffee about 11 am, or you could have soup !!! Then lunch happened about 12.15pm. You got to choose what you had for meals. Evening meal was quite early – about 4.30 pm. Then about 7pm during visiting times another lady brought delicious sandwiches and a hot drink.
Here’s Sarah and Kate from the Occupational Therapy Department. Kate didn’t want to have her picture taken but we managed to persuade her. Sarah was my Occupational Therapist and she did great work with me. She tested my strength in my arms when I was admitted and then she did it again periodically to see if I had improved. When I started to go home at weekends, John was very nervous of me doing anything and she even rang him up and said I could make a cup of tea and I started to do some ironing. She encouraged me to be independent in personal care and eventually I was able to shower and wash my hair. She gave me a three-legged stool that I could have in the shower. It was great to see her and congratulations are in order for the new baby that is going to arrive in the New Year.
I shared a room with Bernadette and we got on great. We enjoyed the same rubbishy programmes on the tele – Corrie, the Chase, Eggheads and Bernadette liked Emmerdale. I was in charge of the remote on the grounds of length of service – I was in the Unit about 48 hrs longer than Bernadette !! Patricia kept the Unit spotless. We always had a chat when she came round.
I went to visit Bernadette at her home in Emmyvale after we left the Rehab Unit on the day of our visit. She was delighted to see us and we had great craic. It was great to see her again and she was pleased to see us.
Sarah came to share the room with Bernadette and me . We all got on very well – right and often sharing strawberries and mandarin oranges. There were always treats knocking about and we enjoyed them. Here is Sarah with Siobhan who looked after us royally. She was always keen , thorough , smiling and willing as were all the nursing staff.
This is Doreen. She did my blood sugar each morning when she was on nights. One day, I gave her a terrible fright when Ireland scored in the Euros. The match was on the tele and when they scored, I yelled and shouted so much – she came running down the corridor – she thought someone had fallen. I felt awful but Doreen was fine about it and saw the funny side of it and we laughed !!.
Here is Clare and she is on duty when Grainne is off duty so she looks after our breakfasts and makes sure that we have the right meals. I was on a soft diet so meal-times were complicated knowing who was on what sort of diet.
Here are Christina and Patricia. My cousin and her husband brought me the most beautiful arrangement of flowers which they had bought at Patricia’s son’s florist shop. They were absolutely gorgeous and looked lovely in the room. We enjoyed them very much.
Here we have Margaret and Kate is with her, Margaret was my Physiotherapist whilst I was in the Unit.. She was fantastic and devised my exercise programme so that I would make a good recovery and be as independent as possible. She was at a meeting on the day of my visit so I didn’t get to see her and I believe that Congratulations are in order for her recent promotion – so very well deserved. I am so pleased for her
It’s good to note that Kate didn’t want to have her picture taken again. Somehow she creeped in and managed to her photo taken.
Here I am with Irene, I made scones. Kate taught me in Occupational Therapy. I wasn’t able to bake before I came to Monaghan so she did a great job !!
Oh here we have Kate again – I forgot she hates having her picture taken . She really looks as though she’s not enjoying herself !! She’s with Susan from physiotherapy and also Margaret, my physiotherapist. Margaret devised the exercise programmes and regularly reviewed them and I had to do exercises in between sessions.
Margaret was really significant in my recovery and I was lkucky to have her planning my care.
Here’s Janet giving out the medication. The nursing staff worked during the day and they also did night shifts. The same team worked round the clock.
Guess who is in the middle – It might look like Kate but she doesn ‘t like having her photo taken. It can’t possibly be Kate again !!! She’s with Mary who is in the Occupational Therapy Department and Janet makes up the trio !!
Scones are just about to go in the oven. Funny how so many people call in to the kitchen when there is an aroma of cakes and scones, Yummy !!
Joe was another patient in the Unit. He is with Susan, a physio assistant. I watched Joe, in the gym and I saw his progress from learning to stand to being able to walk up and down the corridor. It was wonderful to see the improvement in other patients.
Pauline is a physio assistant and she encouraged me when I did my exercises. Her speciality was obstacle courses. She always found things for me to walk over and around. Margaret is a nurse and one of her tasks was to give out medication and to do my blood sugar .
Franceta is the Speech and Language specialist . The title does not give a good description of her profession. I thought a speech and language specialist would be a specialist in speech and language but that is only part of the story. She gave me sheets of words to repeat and I had to exaggerate facial expression when talking on the phone. It was hilarious and humour was a big slice of the therapy !!
A major part of Franceta’s work was to do with swallowing and she also gave me exercises to improve very slight drooping down one side of the face. I also had numbness down the side of my nose and Franceta gave me cotton wool balls that had to be dipped in very cold water and gently massaged down the side of my nose. Franceta put me on a soft diet because of the effect on the swallowing and I really was delighted when I progressed to regular diet. Pehaps her title would be more accurately described as : Speech, language, Swallowing and Facial Effects Specialist !!! I enjoyed my time with Franceta. We laughed a lot.
Siobhan and Marie also worked in the Unit. We got weighed every Monday and Siobhan would do this when she was on duty. One of her daughters made her First Holy Communion when I was in the Unit. We enjoyed seeing the lovely pictures of this special occasion. Marie was the Line Dancing Queen. She’ll be pleased to hear that I have started back at Beginners Line Dancing and I’m enjoying and I guess it’s doing me good.
Vidal Sassoon eat you heart out – what Patricia can do with a hair dryer is nobody’s business. I loved her doing my hair. She always made me feel so good. She just had the professional touch !!
Fionnuala has a beautiful smile. She was on the nursing eam
Nurse Sheila is with Sarah who shared our room for a short while.
Here we have Mary, one of the nurses with Sarah, the Occupational Therapist. Mary was always encouraging. She inspired confidence and created a lovely atmosphere within the Unit.
No blog about Monaghan Rehabilitation Unit would be complete without a picture of Anthony. He was always smiling and kept reminding us how much work he did !! We always enjoyed him being around.. His happy disposition was indeed therapeutic !!
Marie is a physio assistant and she often put me through my paces in the gym and we went outside – up and down the hill. I had to carry a bag or a book. They think ofm everything. This picture was taken the day I was discharged from the Unit.
Well, I’ll close now. Just to let you know that John and I are thinking of you. I’m doing OK. I do Pilates at the gym also Aqua-fit and the line dancing of course. I am back driving which has made a big difference and I ’m going to America for 10 days for Thanksgiving on my own ( John doesn’t fly). I’m going to see my two brothers, three nieces and their children so I’m excited.
Hope you’re all keeping well and I know you are all doing a great job at Monaghan Rehabilitation Unit.
Lots of love and God bless
from Sally Harte XXXX