When I was 6 years old I was admitted for a severe case of whooping cough along with my twin sister. This was 1982. I already had asthma so I imagine this was aggravated by the whooping cough too.
I remember spending most of the time in bed just in pants and a vest . I was terrified of needles at that age like all children and hated receiving so many shots.
My sister and I would climb into each others beds and console each other. The nurses would tell us off and pick the offender up and put us back into our own bed. At night time we would do the same and once asleep again the offender would be carried back to her own bed asleep.
In the early days we both had oxygen tents and were mainly confined to bed. Nebulisers were given also and once stronger I used to fight like hell whilst one nurse would sit me on her lap and then hold me tight with her arms wrapped round my arms and legs whilst another would hold the mask. I'd still wriggle and fight though as much as i possibly could.
I'm presuming that is the reason why I now hate masks so much.
Temperatures were done rectally very often throughout the day. There were 4 or 6 beds in the ward and everyone's curtains would get drawn. The nurses would pop in and out behind each curtain. Until everyone was done. I don't remember blood pressure checks .
When it was the ward round there was just the dr and nurse. I don't remember any students or other people with him .
He was a very stern dr and I used to lie very still and do exactly as he asked for fear of him telling me off .
As the curtain was pulled round I'd lie against the bed sheet frozen to the spot. The nurse would remove my vest as the cold stethoscope was pressed against my chest .
He'd ask me to cough if I wasn't already coughing whilst he moved the stethoscope around . Sometimes I'd vomit and I presume the nurse would just take the bowl whilst dr carried on listening.
I was in that hospital nearly 3 months (according to mum ). I'm pretty sure this stay laid the foundations for my Medfet . I've had many more stays since but that one clearly sticks in my mind.