Over the last few years of blogging it has often felt like something was missing from my writing – things that impact on the perspectives I bring to my work which aren’t shared. They are parts of my experiences, my life, that have nothing to do with coaching or supporting the development of health researchers. Something completely different.
Their demand to be heard has got louder over the last few months as has my desire to write about them and so I have created a space within my website to given them room to breathe.
What you will find here is eclectic. Experiences that are important to me, things that have given me cause to pause and think, things that have energised or challenged me and just lovely things I want to share.
The picture on the header is by Igor Ovsyannykov via Unsplash
So, with less than a week to go how are your Christmas preparations going? Cards all written and posted? Shopping completed and only the presents left to wrap? Maybe you’re in a state of denial telling yourself that there’s plenty of time left, all will be fine, after...read more
I love working with textiles, especially when hand stitching is involved. Ah, the pleasure of settling down with needle and thread and a good play on the radio is hard to beat especially at this time of year. The gentle pace of stitching, the...read more
So what's the plan? After leaving your bay I ask to talk with one of the doctors. I need to get a sense of what the plan is. Q1. Your plaster cast has been taken off because you picked at it so much you took it off twice. So they have given up on that and replaced it...read more
The visit I catch sight of you from the corridor. A little lady swamped by a hospital chair, in a bay surrounded by unfamiliarity. Dressed again in a hospital nightie and, in every sense of the word, ‘lost’. You catch sight of me and I know from your look the...read more
The assessment I call in the morning to see how things are progressing and am told you’ve been assessed at last. Hurrah! But now there is disagreement within the team about whether or not you are OK to go home with an appropriate care package. You’re mobile, pretty...read more
Lost in a system you should know back to front A long drive home with so many things buzzing in my head. I phone the next day to see how you are. No decision has been made about whether or not you can go home. You are still having some periods of confusion. They are...read more
Earlier this year much of my time and head space was consumed by supporting an elderly family friend who fell, sustained a fracture and was admitted to hospital. I use the word consumed because that is how it has felt. Many hours of travelling, making phone calls,...read more
I’ve been sitting for a while surrounded by flickering candles, a bedecked Christmas tree and burning log fire, (yes this is for real), wondering what to write as a Christmas blog. Something fun and light-hearted like last years post, Little 'r' you Shall Go to the...read more
As we move into the festive season a light hearted post to end the year with informed by the many occasions I have sat in meetings and listened to discussions about how to engage more healthcare professionals with research. There is usually a point in the discussion...read more