Its was a post bank holiday Tysabri day!
I’m so impressed with the team today on Day Case Unit ward 43!
Because yesterday was a Bank Holiday here in the UK, everyone that is due Tysabri on that day gets changed to the next day. We have to fit in around everyone else that also has medication the day after we would normally have ours. And its done extremely well!
No one complains, its a full room, even with the Monday crew. But it just gets done! I think its lucky that the Monday people like to arrive really early, and generally as a rule, we tend to be finished not longer after Tuesday’s patients arrive!
MS nurses going that extra mile!
Today, was exceptional though! Not just the 2 wonderful nurses – Dianna & Faye – we normally see on the ward working today. No, today we had two wonderful MS nurses chipping in as well – Jeanette & Michelle! One of them being still reasonably new – Michelle (to me anyway, I think it may have been my 4th or 5th time seeing her)
It was Michelle that had phoned me last Friday, this was the nurse who was so insistent on me starting the steroids! The nurse who, miraculously managed to talk me into taking the steroids! Remember, this is the drug that I have written on all my medical notes ‘NEVER AGAIN!’ But in my heart of hearts, I know how important this drug is! Even if it makes me feel poorly, I wouldn’t be prescribed it if it wasn’t completely necessary! And lets be honest, there’s worse drugs out there!
How many tablets!?
Today was a great chance to talk with Michelle, with the nurse that actually managed to get me to see sense when it came to taking Steroids!
Luckily, Steph wasn’t to far away, to make sure I was asking the correct questions & to be my memory, for the answers I needed!
When we told Michelle about the amount of tablets the pharmacy wanted to dispense me, the look on her face! “Nooooooo!” “5 tablets for 5 days!” She said!
Oh thank goodness for that!
She thinks they may have gotten confused with the Omeprazole dosage (the medicine that protects the lining of the stomach while taking Steroids) this is to be taken for 7 days, 2 days after the Steroids have been finished!
Bless her, she printed out an information sheet as a reminder!
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen this, but it was great to see! The thought of high dose Steroids for another 2 days was not a good one!
A well needed drink after my 100th Tysabri!
I don’t think I’ve ever been out from my Tysabri treatment so quickly! Team work was definitely in play!