As you may or may not be aware, I ruptured my achilles tendon playing tennis in early September. This has required not one but two individual surgeries due to having a fall on the same day I had my cast taken off… Agony!

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This has meant that I have had to visit hospital on two separate occasions to have the repair done. Fortunately, I have only really been in hospital a few times, and my visits have been spaced over 26 years and despite the small amount of respite it gives you (from the kids) I would rather take a small holiday to some place with a swim up bar 🙂

I wanted to write this blog to tell you about the experience I have had visiting the Epworth Hospital in Richmond. The Epworth is a private hospital and seems to have the market of private hospitals in Melbourne sewn up with 12 hospitals/centres in Melbourne alone. I think the reason it is so successful is the culture. From the time I have entered the hospital to the time I have left, the level of care has been outstanding. From the level 2 reception entering the hospital to the discharge room when I was ready to be picked up and every one in between really do make for a great experience, despite the unfortunate circumstances.

During my stays on the ward, I have been thoroughly looked after, the manager/s, nurses, orderlies, cleaners and volunteers and students who come around and say hello and have a chat. Even listening to the conversations in the corridors has always been positive and courteous.
I have always said, if you want a good society, you have to care for the sick and ensure people are healthy and looked after. Often I have heard about hospitals that try and get people in and out as quickly as possible to make as much money as possible. But at the Epworth, I have not felt any pressure to be leaving until I felt well enough to. The level of care that I have received has been fantastic and really helped me get through the initial stages of this awful injury being comfortable and with a confidence and a positive attitude.

Also a big thanks to Ben and Jared who came to visit yesterday helping the time to pass with some great conversation and a game of Scrabble!

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Thank you to everyone that makes the Epworth Hospital – Richmond, what it is today!

Here was my view this morning:

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I was driving home last night from a night out with my girls, and we were following a number of taxis that were doing their usual to-ing and fro-ing for a Saturday night with the many people who rely on them for a safe ride home in whatever state.

I have often been a tough critic on taxi drivers for their general road manner, particularly staying in the right lane on a freeway sitting just under the speed limit and not letting anyone pass! Arrrghhh!! But I thought I would focus on this entry about what the taxi drivers have to put up with on a daily basis with their sometimes grossly intoxicated occupants.

I have many times required the services of a taxi ride home after I have had that ‘one too many’ and always got home safely and in the most cases the most direct path to my place of residence. I have seen on the television and first hand what some taxi drivers are put through during a normal day at work and I think it is unfair and wrong, that any person can be treated like that carrying out their daily job to earn a living and support a family.
So today, I just wanted to say a big thank you to all those taxi drivers that work the late shifts and take us all home safely. Please consider the people who work in this tough job and provide us with a service that is a relentless unrewarding task.