“Finley was hospitalised with pneumonia. We don’t have a support network around us so Demelza is crucial; it is our lifeline. We were at breaking point and desperately needed help so Demelza agreed for him to stay for four nights to recuperate.
When we pulled up to the hospice, Finley’s body went tense and I could see the pure excitement on his face. He hadn’t been in a long time because of the pandemic but he knew straight away where he was. I also felt a huge sense of relief knowing he would be receiving the best possible care.
A few days later, Finley’s dad, sister and I all tested positive for COVID-19. It was agreed the hospice would be the safest place for Finley, where the care team could nurse him to health and lift his spirits. During his elongated stay, Demelza nurses brought fun to Finley’s room and ensured he had plenty of video calls with us.
I was fraught with worry. I felt so poorly and all I wanted was to be with Finley. But he couldn’t have been in a better place. He isolated in his room but he didn’t go without; the nurses brought amazing projectors and floor mats in and he was able to spend time in the garden.
The nurses put themselves at risk to ensure Finley got the care he needed and I will forever be thankful to them. It made a very difficult time in our lives, bearable.”