A birthday surprise fit for a queen


Consultus Nurse Denise Cooley shares a memory of a birthday surprise whilst on placement.  She may not have been with her family, but she was certainly spoiled!

Birthdays are personal to each and every one of us. However, we each share our birth date with a plethora of other individuals.  I actually share mine with our very own HRH Queen Elizabeth II!

Unbeknownst to me, my client knew it was my birthday, and made the day special for me, as did many of my friends and relatives.

When I went to wake my client on the morning of my birthday, she greeted me with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ despite suffering with dysphasia, following a stroke. She also insisted on going out for lunch, despite this meaning personal discomfort to herself, as she would need to travel in a wheelchair.  However, it did mean that she was able to go in her super mobility car (which she enjoys) and I enjoyed driving it.

We visited the Himalaya Garden Centre, which apart from being on a hill, resembled little of the Himalayas.  The gardens and wooded areas at that time of year were an abundance of Bluebells, Daffodils and Tulips, a truly splendid sight.  The trees were all in bud and early blossom was floating all around us.

It also meant precarious pushing of the wheelchair, which my client took in her stride.

"Unbeknown to me, my client knew it was my birthday, and made the day special for me"

In addition to my lovely client spoiling me, I was also lucky enough to receive a wonderful bouquet of flowers from my husband, containing my favourite yellow roses and gerbera of various hues, colourful Verbena and clouds of Mimosa. My daughter had also got into the act, having sneaked lots of little parcels into my case. The postman delivered numerous cards and even a large birthday cake that I managed to share, despite it being a favourite of mine!

That evening the client’s live-in carer treated us to a take-away Chinese meal to round off a special day.  It might not have been a banquet fit for a queen, but it certainly tasted just as good!

Although I did not have to shake eager hands and wave to the crowds like the Queen does on her Birthday, mine was a true celebration. In hindsight, it is lovely to realise that you do not need to be the queen of the country to feel truly loved and appreciated.

As a footnote I would like to pay tribute to my birthday buddy by wishing her Majesty many more birthdays to come.

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