"I said, I like strong tea, strong coffee and strong men but I only get the first two!"
Lorna talka about the support she receives for cancer at Manorlands Hospice
Strong men aside, Lorna’s day therapy at manorlands includes a programme of medical and nursing treatments for her pancreatic cancer, as well as arts and crafts and complementary therapies - and sharing funny anecdotes.
"When I was in hospital, my oxygen mask was making my nose sore, and there was some cream to hand, so I used that. 'Oh that’s better', I thought, I must write down the name of it but then I saw what it was: a lubricant more often used between consenting adults!” The nurse asked, “Lorna, what are you giggling at now?” I told her and the next thing I heard was a roar of laughter coming from the nurses’ station."
"When the hospital surgeon told me that I had pancreatic cancer, I took it on board and said to him, 'I’ve got to die of something.' He said, “But it’s terminal, Mrs Pope.” And I said, 'Your life is terminal too, so let’s not dwell on that.' I take every day as it comes."
Improved quality of life
Taking every day as it comes for Lorna means making the most of life. And she has helped improve her quality of life through through helping test our teleconsultation service, enabling her and others with long-term health conditions to have face-to-face consultations via a secure video link from the comfort of their own home.
"My son, Richard is a consultant and he introduced telemedicine in the Airedale area. He even got me in as a patient on the telemedicine training video, to show the staff how it all works. So, they all knew who I was here at Manorlands before I’d even introduced myself on my first visit a few weeks ago!"
"Before I came here he said, 'Mum, you will love it!' and I do – I cannot fault it. From the minute you step through the door, you feel part of the community here."
"It was the doctor here at Manorlands who sorted out just the right medicine to help me cope with pain relief for the cancer."
"From the minute you step through the door, you feel part of the community here."
"I can only praise Airedale Hospital, but the care here at Manorlands is even more loving and personal – I get lots of kisses and hugs – it’s wonderful. I’m always greeted with smiles when I arrive, there are always other patients to talk to and the members of staff here are just like old friends.
"I know that when it comes to the time that I need more support than my Monday visits, there’s a bed here for me."
With the practicalities taken care of regarding her future care, Lorna can enjoy the here and now: "I love the crafts here like jewellery making and I can have my hands and feet massaged too. When I wake up in the morning I think, 'What am I doing today?' And if it’s a Monday, I’m so happy because that’s when I come in to Manorlands.”
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