"My bowel cancer experience"
About: Wycombe Hospital / General surgery Wycombe Hospital General surgery HP11 2TT
Posted by Nezzer (as ),
I started feeling unwell on March 29th (Mother's Day). I went to my GP at the Dr's House Marlow.
After 2 visits and subsequent blood tests and CT scans at Wycombe Hospital followed by a colonoscopy I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. I was then referred to the Consultant surgeon at Wycombe and the surgery was carried out in early June. I am now at home recovering.
My general health has always been good and no cause for concern. In the last few weeks from the onset of symptoms to the admission for surgery, I have called upon the services of my GP, experienced various outpatient services at Wycombe General, required the services of 111 and was quickly referred to the Minor Injuries unit at Wycombe. During one visit to the X-ray department I collapsed and was taken care of in the CSU unit before being transferred to Stoke Mandeville by ambulance under the care of the paramedics.
At every stage both my husband and I have been very impressed with the quality of care and the speed of care that I have received.
As an inpatient, again the care from all the ward staff of 12A has been exceptional and given with care, compassion and the very necessary sense of humour. I have now been home for four days and every day getting stronger and looking forward to a full recovery. I cannot thank all involved enough. How lucky we are with our NHS.
I wrote this little poem for the staff of 12A:
My Hospital Journey
Our lives have been confined within the walls of 12A Bay Number 4
But after today hopefully this will be no more
This group of Huang Women who have wiggled and willed themselves around the ward
The experience shared with the Ganzten Girlies, our every pain being scored.
These last four days have been the longest of my life
Full of pain and discomfort searing through me like a knife
The nurses and staff have been our rocks
Making sure we follow instructions according to the docs
Sit up, lie down, breathe in, breathe out
Don't cross those feet I hear the shout
No matter what colour of uniform they wear
They have guided us through this experience with safe and compassionate care
Our little group of patients all sitting in Bay 4
A close group we have been throughout even though we have never met before
So we will bid each other a fond farewell
All the best for the future and hope we each stay well
Our journey is nearly over and almost time time to depart
Never thought my life would depend on the importance of a fart.