Christine’s Story | The Hospice of St. Francis

Christine’s Story

“I couldn’t walk. They’ve turned me around.”

Christine, 81 from Berkhamsted, describes being unable to move when she was first admitted to the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit in December.

Living with heart problems, she was being cared for at home by the Hospice’s Community Team, followed by a stint at Watford Hospital.

Due to issues with fluid retention, Christine recalls being “like the Michelin Man.”

“My legs were double the size. I couldn’t move.”

Prior to Christmas, Christine was on oxygen, intravenous medication, her legs were leaking and heavily bandaged. After a five-week stay all that has changed – “Everyone at the Hospice has a fantastic attitude. They’ve built me back up.”

As part of Christine’s stay on the Inpatient Unit, she’s been supported by the Physiotherapy Team.

“I couldn’t walk. They’ve turned me around.”

Christine recalled when her husband was cared for by the Hospice at its old home in Shrublands Road, where he passed away. She shares how Chris, the Hospice’s Head Chef, used to make lunch and there was “nothing but laughter.”

“The Hospice gave him a good death.”

Christine is returning home to live with family, where she will continue to be supported by the Hospice’s Community Team.