I have chronic conditions that constantly flare up and bring me into hospital which means I’m in hospital probably more than I’m at my actual home.
What people don’t realise is that the day here for us is the same every day - breakfast at 7, then you have a wash, then you see the doctors, then afternoon nap, then you’ve got your dinner, they you’ve got medication, then you’ve got bedtime. And it’s the same thing every day. And you think ‘I’m stuck in a circle and I can’t do anything’. And you feel too sick, and you can’t go outside in case you catch a cold.
So MediCinema has been great. When I found out about it and was asked ‘Do you want to go to the cinema?’ I was like ‘Yeah!’ I want to get off the ward, I want to feel like I’m actually doing something normal, because I used to go to the cinema all the time with my friends. And then here at MediCinema, afterwards, it was so nice to talk to everyone about the film, and it’s such a friendly atmosphere that it takes you away from what you’re going through on the ward. Whatever you’re going through on that day you always know that come Tuesday or Thursday you can go to the cinema and have a really good time. They’re the days I look forward to. I’m like ‘What film’s on this week?’
Sometimes I go with my husband, Rick. The first time he went in he was like ‘Woah! This is an actual cinema!’ I was like ‘I told you!’He was assuming it would be a room with a TV set up!
It’s nice to have him sit on the bed with me and just cuddle up like we would at home on the sofa. It’s like we’re back at home rather than in a hospital. It gave us that time as a couple that we are missing out on with me being in hospital. It was nice to make a date night of it. We’re in a cinema, enjoying it like a normal couple.
That’s not my husband in the photograph! That’s Vincenzo, one of the nurses. I love talking to Vincenzo about the films we’ve seen. Yesterday, after Dunkirk, we had about an hour's discussion!
In hospital, I didn’t have connection with the outside world. I didn’t feel like I was living. And it’s things like going to the cinema that take you away from this place; the medications, the monotony of the day. At least with the cinema, you can go there, you know the nurses, you know they will help you, and you know you can just relax and stop thinking about what’s going on back in the ward.
I’m not being funny, but if I didn’t have the cinema, my cheese would have slipped off my cracker.