I broke my Back in Italy, and let me tell you do not run down our NHS' as I've seen what it's like when there is no real NHS' in another European country, at least in 1985 when I was at the mercy of the Italian hospital in Pisa.
The problems with nurses are at the forefront of our media at the moment, and so they should as like in any society there are good and bad, but in a service that should run on care, the care part should be at the top.
I won't go into my personal problems, as I made such a mistake about being too honest, only to have my personal issues discussed as if I had no right to any privacy at all.
But back to Nurses, well the Hospital I have been sent to now could not be so different from how the nurses treat you in the other one that I was attending ,they were worse than the Italian Nurses, at least they were polite to your face.
With pain, there is no way of letting nurses know or anyone for that matter, for when I was floored in my flat by such pain that I wanted to die, when every movement brought on such pains that I can not do it justice, you see I had been going to my doctor with leg pains and back pains and was told it was sciatica etc'etc, and even as I was rushed in ambulance to my hospital screaming in agony with any movement at all .
I was left on a trolley for ' well it seemed like hours (I was just in too much pain to move and to keep track of time), but everytime a doctor or nurse passed I begged to be relieved of this pain , and more than once a whisper from some nurse or other to the doctor I was asking, only to watch with horror as I seen their face change as they walked away with a cursory nod and a someone will be with you soon.
Well I will admit it was my lifestyle that was probably to blame for me being there, so when eventually I was seen as a person that was yes ! a genuine case, then they did move quicker , but you see I had an abscess pressing on my spinal cord, and they thought I was going to be paralysed, and a long time after the consultant said that they had never seen a worse case , and as i could not control my bowels bladder or basicly most functions other than lying as still as possible as any movement was sheer hell ... Yes' let me tell you, pain is bad now' but I was left traumatised by my night of hell because shock with pain added can leave you very very wary of hospitals and doctors and nurses when left on a trolley to suffer for such a long time, because you were not taken seriously, and believe me ' that was just one episode about pain and it's effects, and only to watch the faces of people who you were asking for help, turn away from you in disbelief as to your plight.
Only now it's being done by fog-horn and politicians using the media to beat you into a guilt ridden life of pain with such looks of disbelief from the community you live in, to top it off.
But there are good nurses and doctors and we must not be led by the nose by the private sector, and private health insurance companies trying to frighten us into altering our NHS .
My new nurse at my clinic is a darling, and whatever her politics or real feelings about patients, she leaves them at the door and begin's to care for sad characters like myself, to her and my consultant Doctor I say thank you very 'very much.