There are so many ‘awareness days’ throughout the year; some are daft like ‘eat all you can day’ or ‘global handwashing day’ but some are more important. Over the weekend it was ‘International Fibromyalgia awareness day’ and ‘International nurses day’, both are very dear to my heart, so I thought that I should do a blog which encapsulates them both.
To be a nurse is a vocation and it seems that only the most compassionate go into the profession. I know several nurses and this is definitely a description of them. In my experience, the vast majority of nurses who I have come into contact with, have been amazing. They work ridiculously long hours often regular 12 - 13 hours shifts in difficult conditions. Appallingly their pay has not matched the rate of inflation for many years, it’s no wonder that we, as a country, are short of qualified nurses. We should be celebrating them not making them feel like they aren’t worthy.
I have only been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia fairly recently, so I am still learning how it affects me, with so many different conditions it’s not easy to know what affects what. It is a horrible ‘invisible disease’ which affects a significant amount of the population, it seems like the ‘new ME’. There’s no specific test and it has taken me years to find out what has been causing some of my symptoms. It’s a condition which isn’t curable but manageable.
I am grateful that we have a NHS which is free at the point of use, if i’d have had to pay for all of my treatments it would have gone into the 100s of thousands of pounds. I have been very well looked after by all of the care staff in hospitals and I couldn’t have asked for more. I applaud anyone working within the NHS there should be a celebration Month never mind a day!