Life at the Hotel Winifred

Doctor: ‘I feel less worried about you now I’ve eye-balled you.’

Me: ‘Why?’

Doctor: ‘You’re alert and talking! Your chart looked pretty grim. How are you anyway?’

Me: ‘Better than yesterday but I’m still getting the shivers.’

Doctor: ‘well you’ve got a nasty bug and you’ve got no immune system. If you weren’t on anti-biotics you’d almost certainly die!’

That was yesterday. No sign of any doctors today but the shivers have gone and I feel almost normal!

And there is a guitarist on the ward and it’s not John!

Winifred 2 is a derelict ward in the oldest part of the hospital. They put people here when the proper wards are being cleaned or decorated. It’s kind of half ward half store cupboard. Some of the bays are full of hospital junk.

Never mind. It’s doing its job. Blood count’s on the up and temperature’s getting cooler. Not sure when they will let me out but will keep you posted.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Sep 05, 2010 @ 20:18:35

    Just caught up on your blog from holiday – you poor thing. Get well soon. Lucyx


  2. Anonymous
    Sep 05, 2010 @ 20:40:28

    The wise (and honest) Doc said “Your chart looked pretty grim”. Goodness me, Clare, that sounds like a 'close shave' and no hairs involved. I rarely miss an opportunity for research and learning-I hope you enjoy the result!
    With love, Andrew The Bike x
    ps Who is missing you the most, Oscar or John?!

    The girl's name Winifred \wi-nif-red,win(i)-
    fred\ is pronounced WIN-a-fred. It is of Welsh and Old English origin, and the meaning of Winifred is “holy, blessed reconciliation; joy and peace”. Winifred, a martyred Welsh princess, is traditionally called the patron saint of virgins.


  3. medicalmutiny
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 00:54:55

    Thanks guys. Trouble is it's 2am and I CAN'T BLOODY SLEEP! Could do with some of Winifred's joy and peace. How can anyone sleep in hospital? Clarex


  4. medicalmutiny
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 01:23:28

    At least not sleeping you don't miss any excitement. Security brought rogue patient in. He didn't know who he was or where he'd come from and lost his nametag. Eventually remembered his name was John Whittaker. That's the name of my old boss!!! Nurses made me cup of tea and say if I can't sleep I can go and have a chat with them. Bless. Feel better now.


  5. Anonymous
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 10:57:37

    Sending you all our love and hoping that the shivers are gone for good and that you can go home soon, Bex, Rick and boys xxxx


  6. Anonymous
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:27:08

    Oh dear Clare. All seems to be like a yo, yo. Can't sleep in hospital? Surely they have everything you need for that!
    Best wishes.
    Hope this is the real, out of the woods, deal.
    x x x x


  7. medicalmutiny
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:57:56

    No booze allowed sadly Helen!! Asked for somer drugs tonight. There's a 21 year old girl been admitted. Puts my problems in perspective x


  8. Anonymous
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 21:51:06

    i remember when it was called Wini 2, next to Wini 1. oh clarey get well soon. glad you are feeling a bit better …….. all our love cruton and dodge


  9. medicalmutiny
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 21:56:00

    If temp stays low and blood goes teeny bit higher could be out tomorrow!


  10. Anonymous
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 10:41:40

    Wow, Clare, you've really been in the wars!

    Take care of yourself, and we hope you get home to John and Oscar very soon.

    — Dave and Phyllis xx


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