Lucy encouraged me to explore this area, so I developed a brochure with some simple ways to prevent this condition, which can occur weeks, months or years after surgery or radiotherapy.
With the help of some nursing students, this was translated into Nepali, and is hopefully being printed for distribution to all relevant wards in the hospital.
I left some laminated instructions (in English) with the In Charge Nurse on the Surg Onc ward, the Physio and other relevant wards, but I explained that this was by no means a substitute for the comprehensive course that I’d undertaken.
So, if you have an interest in this area, and can give up some of your time, please consider volunteering and contact Lucy. It’d be fantastic to have someone with these specific skills to follow up.
This was my first volunteer experience, and I was lucky to share it with two of my adult children. Volunteering in a developing country is rewarding, frustrating, exciting, tiring, challenging, loads of fun, all of these things providing a sense of “making a difference”. It also grounds you and resets your appreciation button. Consider sharing your knowledge and skills with nurses who are not fortunate to have regular education, which we are so familiar with.