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  • A strange thing happened to me last week.

    I spent the afternoon as a patient in the hospital that I work in. Not that strange to the average person, I went in for a colonoscopy to investigate some strange digestive troubles I have been having, but to me it was very disconcerting to experience the role reversal. I suddenly had to let go of all my own responsibility and put my trust in the hands of complete strangers. It felt completely unnatural to be wearing that ugly hospital gown with the wristband stuck to my arm with the sweat from my nerves.

    I decided I was going to be "hard" and opted to use entonox instead of an anaesthetic. This proved to be a challenge as initially all I felt was discomfort, but then as the trainee endoscopist ventured further into my colon it became apparant that I was unfortunate enough to have some very sharp corners in my colon, and her attempts to continue navigating resulted in some quite colourful swearing from myself before I remembered I had the entonox to puff on. The doctor then took over and thankfully managed to salvage the procedure with minimal pain for myself, although it was inevitable due to my curly colon.

    However, the main thing that stuck with me following the procedure was the incredible, gentle and encouraging nature of the nurse who sat with me during it all. Without her soothing tomes and mopping of my brow, I am sure I would have really struggled to get through it all. She was like an angel sent down from the heavens, specifically tailored to help me survive the procedure. It just goes to show that a bit of role reversal is sometimes the best thing for ones personal and career development. I will always remember her as I progress in my nursing training, and she will always be an inspiration to me as I try to emulate her qualities.
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