Zopiclones are a marvellous drug for those who cannot sleep, and even better so for those who wish to sleep forever. That’s what i took, 3 or 4 packs and bam instant wooziness!! I don’t know why i panicked or why I phoned 999, but I did and here I am waking up slowly trying to figure out where I am and what happened. it turns out I’m on an acute medical ward in the local hospital. I’m drowsy but alive. I’m surrounded by new faces, nurses, healthcare assistants and other patients on the ward. I’m confused.
The events of my first days consious are quite hazy still but what i do remember is the absolutely outstanding nursing staff and HCA’s that took the time to talk to me, check on me and some of whom provided me with glimpses of hope. The NHS is massively overstretched, the staff were run ragged but every now and again one would come over to me and ask: How are you doing, Do you need anything? Some even held my hand or cacooned me whilst i wept into their chest. I was incredilby lonely and scared, but not alone and the importance of those moments to me, and the kindness of those strangers in my life will stay with me forever.
The first few days on the ward were a complete whilwind of emotions, meeting physicians and mental health professionals and being repeatidly asked; Do you know why you are here? it would seem many patients do not, but yes I was very aware. i knew excatly what i did and now I was starting to regret phoning the ambulance.
For 2 nights straight i didn’t sleep, couldn’t sleep. Honeslty not even for a moment. i was in shock I think. I think even the nurses were in awe of my zombie like state, just staring at the ceiling tiles as the hours past from darkness to dawn. They also wouldn’t give me anything, unsurprisinlgy i guess to give my liver some respite. I never told them this but I was hallucinating big time, the ceiling tiles danced with glittering blues and greens and violets! For two whole days my view of the world was remarkably colourful and fluid. By the 3rd night i was allowed some diazepam to take the edge off and it worked.
After some sleep it would be time to start piecing togethar what happeneded and what would be happening next.
Stick with me. i cant spill this all in one go, it’s tiring.
Be kind to yourself today.