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There could not be a more fitting tribute to all the #Nurses in the world today on International #Nurse & Midwife Day. A big “Thank You” is what they have asked for and I am sure from the bottom of all our hearts we cannot “Thank You” enough especially during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Royal College of Nursing has put this message out for International Nurses and Midwife Day

“Today, we’re saying thank you to nursing staff everywhere for the remarkable contribution they make to the lives of millions of people.

International Nurses’ Day is celebrated around the world each year on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. This year in particular it’s an extra special occasion because not only does it fall during International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it also marks the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth.

Ordinarily this would be a time for mass celebration, but as nursing staff across the world stand united in responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we must use today to shine a light on the remarkable work all health and care staff are doing for the entire nation.

That’s why we’re asking the public and patients to say thank you to #nursing staff everywhere to show our members and their colleagues how their professionalism is truly appreciated.

You can read Florence Nightingale’s amazing story and legacy on The Royal College of Nursing Website.

They have asked us to share this video https://youtu.be/WJSiIhphvLwo to say thank you to nursing staff using #Nurses Day.

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It’s essential that we all keep as active in mind and body during this also essential lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are not just the elderly and vulnerable that are mainly staying at home there are millions of chronic pain sufferers who spend most of their time at home anyway due to their circumstances. There is also lots and lots on the internet of things you can do at home to keep you busy but an awful lot of them require physical actions which again can be difficult for the people I have mentioned above.

However, I have a few suggestions of my own but they do involve using a laptop, iPad or computer. This does not mean you cannot process this as I am sure you will know someone who does have access to the internet. Hopefully, if a carer sees this post and is looking after an elderly person without access to the internet then they could help them with their phone.

It is something I am doing myself at the moment, I am making albums and or books from old photographs. I am absolutely sure that even the younger generation has lots and lots of photos but the older generation will definitely have that old suitcase somewhere collecting dust somewhere in the house. Now for goodness sake do not go and try and get it out of that closet or loft yourself as you might fall, wait until someone can come and get it for you

There are a number of ways you could enjoy putting your life/holidays etc together to remember after this ordeal is over.

Should you be someone without a mobile phone then hopefully you may know someone who has one or a good camera. Take your time going through your photos and cover your table with them. Only look through them in a comfortable position. I say that as I did the opposite and it really stirred my low back pain up. If you have lots with no dates on then just try to roughly guess the year and put all your piles in yearly order. Now check to see if there are any already on your laptop or phone and again go through them all and put them in monthly and yearly order ready to use. Delete any you don’t like as there is no point in keeping them. I can’t tell you how amazing you will feel just by going through all your photos and it will stir up so many memories. Take your time with this as we have plenty of it at the moment and it’s your life you are looking through. The images below are the two I wrote for my children.

Now decide what kind of book/album you want to write. I will give you my ideas so it might stir some ideas up for you. This is not my first attempt at something like this as when my two children reached 30 I wrote them both a book on their life story up to the age of 30. They had over 250 photos in each book ( I will explain how to do these later). I then did a very special surprise book for my daughter from the day she got engaged until the day she got married. Mum’s and daughters have such a special time together during the pre-wedding time that I wanted to have something for us both to remember. The front and back of the book is below with the date of wedding. Tears were aplenty when I handed it to her the night before the wedding.


If you are someone who does not have access to a laptop or computer for this you could still take pictures of the ones you want and then pop them in an envelope and write on the envelope what you want putting with those photos for someone who has a computer to download them and do it for you.

The new books I am now preparing are my Dads story who we lost in 2018. I started asking him more questions about the war days the older he got as their memories seem to change to remembering the older times rather than the new ones and then I promised my children that I would get all his photos and put a book together of their Grandads life.

The second book I am doing is for my new granddaughter who is 9 months old and I was just getting to know her well when all our worlds were turned upside down. I am making her my own nursery rhymes book using some old ones my Dad made for us, but with her name, in, and some old ones revamped and some I am making up myself. I am even going to have a go at sketching some fun pictures to put into it.

I actually recorded myself singing two nursery rhymes last week which my daughter keeps playing to her. She used to love me singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ to her bouncing her up and down so I just thought it would be lovely for my daughter to play to her.

Creating these books is getting me up in the morning with enthusiasm and thoughts on what I will do each day. I think of nursery rhymes in my sleep, I remember different holidays and antics with my Dad for the book. They both equally put a smile on my face. It initially started when I decided I needed to update my Complimentary Therapy Book but then I just thought my family come way above sorting that book out.

I have written my books through Blurb, Snapfish and Amazon and I will write another post on how easy it is to do this. I hope this post has inspired some people who are unable to get far during this tricky period we are all going through and I am happy to answer any questions about getting this process sorted. One of my posts this week will include all you need to know about putting your books together with links to all the websites you may need. The book below was my late mother-in-laws life story which she had written before she died and which I promised I would write and publish. This was the first copy I had published for all the family with a picture of my mother-in-law walking with a patient. When they told me to put it on Amazon for anyone to buy I had a different more commercial image made for it.

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With so much in the news about our nurses and students joining the front line straight from college, I found it really interesting to read the sort of adverts that were out in the 1950’s to get students to become nurses.

One such advert started by telling you a story…

“Vigil….3am. from the dimness of the word, a low voice calls Nurse! Quickly but silently she moves to the bedside perhaps to adjust a dressing or merely to give a cooling drink or perhaps to deal with a serious change in the patient’s condition’.

Her training gives a Nurse competence to deal with any situation. Nursing is a responsible form of work and training would give you the confidence to be a nurse. There’s a future in Nursing under the National Health Service. Training allowances start at £100 a year, superannuation for all 28 days paid holiday. Opportunities for promotion at home and abroad. Fill in the form to receive details of the FREE nursing training.”

An article in the Nursing Times about nursing back in the 1950’s said “Getting to know the patient as a real person was one of the benefits of being a nurse in the 1950s, says Mary Walker, aged 77. Ms Walker started training the year the NHS began and qualified as a nurse in 1952, working at Barts Hospital in London, where she was later a ward sister.

I couldn’t say our training was perfect,’ she says. ‘You had to learn as you went along and you mostly learnt on the ward from your experienced seniors. ‘Nowadays nursing has changed so much. Our patients stayed in a long time and you really got to know them. Our greatest privilege was to consider the whole patient and their comfort. There’s some excellent nursing now and it’s become very challenging. There are different needs now.’

My late mother-in-law trained to be a physiotherapist in the late 1940’s and treated many a war veteran and she wrote her story ‘ Fate Takes Two Hands, Memoirs of a Physiotherapist’, The Book was hand written in quite old fashioned writing. There were no paragraphs or chapters and considering I didn’t even get an ‘O’ level in English I still somehow managed to put it together. It was a promise I had made to her that I would one day get it published for her. She was a spritely lady who would help anyone and was still treating patients in her 70’s.

Her memoir is based on a true story a heartwarming tale of a wartime working life of a physiotherapist during World War 11. Born in Manchester in 1916, Merle went to a pantomime with her parents at the age of seven, to see Peter Pan. From that day forward she set her sights on being on the stage with her name in lights. However, her mother and father had other plans for her. Merle tried every trick in the book to avoid going down their chosen career route. That was until she met Audrey, who changed her direction in life. Merle shares her love, loss and friendships to pursue her dream of a career as an actress. Separated from her beloved family she bravely endures a trip on her own across the world to be with her loved one and finally to become a physiotherapist and make her father proud.