My special memories of being there for people in their homes
Marie Curie Nurse Bindi Poonia shares three special moments that she’ll always cherish.
Doing a patient’s nails because she loved being pampered
As a Marie Curie Nurse, I get to meet and look after so many interesting people from many different backgrounds. I like getting to know them, what they like and what they’ve done.
One lady I cared for told me she loved having her hair and nails done.
It was something she would normally have made sure she did regularly. But she had a brain tumour and was losing her eyesight.
I remember holding her hand when she said to me, ‘I’ve always loved getting my nails done and I now sometimes ask my daughter to do them for me’.
So, to relax her, I did her nails for her. I massaged her arms and hands too while we just chatted.
It was something that made her feel like herself again and I was happy to be able to do it for her.
Watching a film at 3am with a patient who couldn’t sleep
One night, a gentleman I was caring for was feeling worried and couldn’t sleep. What he wanted to do was to watch a horror movie.
Now, I don’t like horror movies! But I said OK to keep him company.
He also asked for a bacon and sausage sandwich as he was hungry, so I made him one.
So, it was around 3am, he was eating a bacon and sausage sandwich and we were watching a horror movie together – sometimes, you really just don’t know how a nursing shift is going to go. It was brilliant!
The next morning, his sister asked if he had slept and we both laughed about it.
And as I was leaving, the gentleman asked me ‘Can you come next time?’ It was nice to hear that.
Helping a daughter to put on a red dress on her mum
I cared for a patient who was only around 50, and her daughter was 21. This girl wanted her mum to wear a red dress that she’d chosen herself, so I helped her get her mum dressed.
It was so touching how she was talking to her mum – she was telling her, ‘you’re my best friend, you’re my sister’.
I was also 21 when I lost my own mum. She was a diabetic and only 45 when she died.
Looking after this lady and her daughter brought it all back for me and the tears started rolling down.
I remember my mum coming in one evening. She had her tea, played with my son, went off to bed and had a heart attack. She was rushed to hospital but died seven days later. It was a very sad, emotional time.
Some patients and their families ask me, ‘Do you like your job?’ and ‘How do you do it?’
I’ve always wanted to be a nurse and I love my job. But whenever you care for younger people, it can be heart-breaking.
We’re all human beings and even though I’ve been a nurse for many years, it still does affect you.