As nurses we have an abundance of stories, but there is always that one colleague, patient, visitor, other, you will never forget.
For me it was Annie. Annie was 83 years old, self-caring and in rehab post TIA and blind in one eye as a result. In fact Annie was the primary carer for her 80 year old brother but did not have many friends as, "they had all passed on", as she said. We put her in a room with Bridget, also in her 80s, self-caring, newly diagnosed with Parkinson's and miserable! Annie: chatterbox, Bridget: anti-social. All Annie wanted to do all day long was chat and all Bridget wanted to do was hide from her. In fact when Bridget found out which eye Annie was blind in, she would find any excuse to sit on that side. Annie started to get frustrated with Bridget and came out with the line "Annie to Bridget, Annie to Bridget: CONNECTING! CONNECTING!" They were in the same room for about 6 weeks and at the end of it were firm friends- Annie managed to bring Bridget out her shell and socialise with the others in the unit and taught her she didn't need to be embarrassed about her Parkinson's and Bridget promised to bring Annie to bingo when they both "escaped".
I met Annie on a medical ward about 2 years later when she was admitted for a CVA and not looking great- i told her I remembered her from the rehab unit and mentioned Bridget : I swear I saw a twinkle in her eye. I don't remember this Annie well, I prefer to remember the vivacious Annie who showed off her great legs in a flashy red skirt, who proposed to the physio and would dance in the corridor.
I'll never forget Annie and Bridget- the odd couple who were made for each other!
So I would like to know, who is the one YOU will never forget......?