I get by with a little help…
I posted the following status update to facebook: “is a bit worried. Apparently a colleague might have been in work with Glandular.” It was a sudden-horror response to someone’s comment in the office about a colleague who’s phoned in sick, who had apparently been working despite a doctor telling them to do otherwise. And then I just got on with the day, just not feeling quite so confident as before.
Anyhow, my friends must include a weirdly high number of medical-types: multiple first aiders, pharmacists and nurses, a first aider/mid-wife, 2 first aider/trainee-doctors, someone who passes for a psychiatrist (regularly) and probably more. Barely 10 minutes later, and this was written on my wall:
“S’okay – it’s not that infectious. I lived in the same house as someone with
glandular fever for six months and didn’t catch it. Generally, you have to have
fairly close contact with someone… there is a reason it’s called ‘kissing
Obviously, if you do catch it, I’ll have to eat my words. Keep me updated!!! xx”
Barring the final line coming true, I find myself yet again incredibly thankful to all my friends who:
- Aren’t squeemish enough to be put off training as a medic.
- Have found the time to study how to keep human beings in one piece and a normal operating state.
- Continually save me ringing the doctors and/or stressing.
I recently had a moment where I could really have done with a medic on hand, and sadly I had to walk a block to find one. This made has made me rediculously thankful for all the times I’ve been in the presence of a friend who’s simply gone “oh Graham, why?!” and got on with treating the fruits of my stupidity. And also for the times I’ve missed a dose of something and had a friend advise on catching up (once logging themselves back into the BNF online and searching out text for me, having just finished studying for the day). I’ve been spared casualty on more than one occasion, as well as given advice down the phone whilst nearly keeling over due to seeing my own blood.
So yes, thank you to all of you, you really are a massive help and I live a better life because of you.