Tea and biccies
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For Linda’s Stream of Consciousness this week, she has given us the prompt word of ‘food.’ Now I thought that this was going to be an easy subject for me to write about given my love for food. However, I have done many a post about food already so will have to think about a new take on it!

As some of you may know, I have recently started working in the community where I go out to visit patients in their own homes. We do all kinds of things from taking blood and giving injections, to dressing wounds. Given that we could arrive at any time during the day, we quite often end up catching people as they are preparing or eating their lunch, or perhaps having a cuppa and a biscuit.

Most of the patients I see are elderly, and some of them are very warm and welcoming when they see us. There was one lady who always offered me a coffee when I visited her brother that lived with her, and many times she would get out the biscuit tin, and on one occasion there was a doughnut waiting for me! Her brother was visited every day by the nurses and sometimes we would have students with us, but she never failed to offer us refreshments when we went there.

I was even offered a ‘bit of dinner’ a couple of days ago when I arrived at lunchtime to see a patient, Her husband answered the door, and told me that he was just preparing lunch (which smelled delicious), and I was welcome to join them for a bit of dinner. I declined of course, but it was so sweet to have been askedFor some of our patients, we are the only person they might see for a while, and they love it when we occasionally accept a coffee and stay for a quick chat. It is also lovely for us to feel so appreciated and welcome.

For some of our patients, we are the only person they might see for a while, and they love it when we occasionally accept a coffee and stay for a quick chat. It is also lovely for us to feel so appreciated and welcome, especially as they nearly always offer us Β biscuits too!