My good friend, Grannymar has been practising her ABC’s on her blog and set her readers a challenge. She said, “Pick not one word for each letter, but three that sit well together”.
I’ve had fun mulling over this task all day. In keeping with the theme of this blog, ‘a patient’s perspective on life‘, I decided to base the alphabet on my summer spent in hospital. Here’s what I came up with…
A-Z of being a patient
A’s for A&E, antibiotics and analgesia.
B is the bacteria, blood pressure and breathing.
C’s for cellulitis, colitis and complications.
D is the diagnosis, doctor and dietician.
E’s for ENT, ECG and ESR.
F is the flare-up, fluids and fasting.
G’s for gargle, gastric and gut.
H is the hospital, hygiene and hypertension.
I’s for investigations, IV’s and injections.
J is the junior doctors, joints (sore) and jelly (and ice-cream).
K’s for kidneys, ketosis and being kind.
L is the light-headed, laughter and longing.
M’s for microbiology, medication and meals.
N is the nurse, needles and nausea.
O’s for osteomyelitis, oxygen and operation (and ouch!).
P is the pulse, PICC line and pain.
Q’s for questions, queasy and quiet.
R is the respiration, rest and results.
S’s for scans (CT), syringes and samples.
T is the temperature, tachycardia and tired.
U’s for ulcer, uncomfortable and unwell.
V is the veins, vision and vital (signs).
W’s for ward, wheelchair and WC.
X is the x-ray, Xysal (antihistamine) and Xanax (for anxiety).
Y’s for yawning, feeling yucky and YES ( in response to) “ready for home”?
Z is the Zoton (antacid), Zestril (ACE inhibitor) and Zimmer frame (not needed yet).
Please Missus, I did my best. Do I pass the test?