We wont see dr. Barry for two weeks now. Sh e went on holiday tonight. She is only gone for a week, but then the following week we’re in respite so we dont get to have an appointment with her then either.
She had said yesterday during ward round that she’d pop in to see us today. Normally she doesnt see any of her patients on Fridays, so the fact that she was doing this for us made us feel really special and cared about.
We waited and waited and there was no sign of her, it got later and later, eventually we kind of gave up on her coming in when it got to 7 pm. Our mom visited and left and we were laying on our bed with our eyes closed reflecting on the day.
And then, at 8 PM she came in to our ward and said, Carol anne? Its me, Dr. Barry, I just came to say goodbye! We almost jumped off the bed with happiness.
I was like you are working so late! She sat on our bed and we talked for a few minutes. She asked me how my day had gone and I told her about the flashbacks I’d been having and how I didnt eat lunch because I felt I was going to throw up. I told her the nurses were on my case about not eating but that I just couldnt. She said that was ok and asked if I ate at supper time, I did, I had a sandwich.
She asked me how I’d slept last night. I told her I did sleep but had woken up twice during the night but I was able to go back to sleep both times.
I told her to have a good holiday, and that I’d miss her next week, I told her I was really nervous about how it was going to go with the junior doctors next week. She told me that Karen the social worker would be there on tuesday, and to try not to anticipate how it will go, just go with the flow of things. So thats what I’m going to try to do.
She made me feel so special and very loved. Thank you Dr. Barry. Thank you for keeping your promise!