The People that You Meet
While I was in St. James' Hospital Burn Unit I had the chance to
meet quite a few different people. These were mostly nursing
staff, but I also met doctors, surgeons and other hospital
apparatchiks. The purpose of this page is mostly to provide a
brief (and very biased by my experience) introduction to the
people who show up in the E-diary
My apologies to anyone who feels misrepresented here. This page
records my memories, whether they reflect reality or not is a
different problem. Even more, though, I want to apologize to
anyone I may have missed. I know that I have forgotten
the names of some of the nurses that I especially liked. On the
whole, the nursing staff was a great bunch of people. I hate to
leave anyone out who is deserving of credit.
- Elena (or possibly Helena)
Head night nurse on alternate weeks during my in-patient
stay. She's a wacky lady and very obviously competent. At
least she gave me that impression by always answering my
questions and elaborating on the answers so that I could
understand the context.
- Joanne Harford
My Physical Therapist. She's great. She seems to be the only
one who actually thinks that the electrical nature of the
injury makes a difference.
- Mr. Declan Lannon
The surgeon who was on call the night I of
the accident. He also did my
debridement and skin grafts. He's great. He bothered to check
my arm for
syndrome instead of performing an automatic
fasciotomy. And he
explained things without being condescending or making me feel
like I was wasting his precious time.
A Filippino (male) nurse. He was a real easy guy to get along
with, and it was fun to have a well-travelled Asian to talk.
Bernie was an older nurse from Northern Ireland (sorry, I
don't remember precisely where). She had a sunny disposition
with us in the Burn Unit and seemed to be quite competent. As
far as I'm concerned, she did some of the better
wound-dressings I had during my stay. In fact, because of the
vagaries of the nursing rota, she ended up doing both
the first and the last bandages of my inpatient stay.
I'm guessing that Peter was an orderly - he never really
assisted with anything medical (although he once did a
below-average job of patching up my
granuflex, it was an
unusaul circumstance), but he took care of a lot of the odds
and ends of making the ward work. He was persistently nice and
ran a lot of errands for the other patients in the unit,
too. I never asked, so I can't say too much really.
- Dr. Alan Byrne
Irish General Practitioner.
- Roddy McConnell
Private Physical Therapist. Specializes in golf and upper
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