It’s December, which can only mean one thing - Christmas is soon upon us.
Christmas is a time of sharing and gathering with family and friends no matter where you are (and that includes hospital). I also see it as a time to treat yourself and others after another year of hard work and commitment, whether that’s with a luxurious Christmas meal or a new iPad. This is my Christmas wish list as a previous GOSH patient. If you're stuck for ideas, I'd recommend some of these.
- Music is something I hold dear to my heart. I would ask for a new instrument, preferably a ukulele (something small, simple and jolly) that I could play in my hospital bedroom. Some new albums would also be a great addition…maybe Michael Bublé’s Christmas album?
- A special edition of my favourite book, Peter Pan - the boy who never grew up. I like to think I will never grow up, on the inside at least. To make it an even better present, JM Barrie donated the copyrights to Great Ormond Street Hospital, so we both get a Christmas gift!
- It’s easy to get restless at hospital. I enjoy a bit of arts and crafts to make things to decorate my room; paintings, drawings, and collages.
- I love a large mug of tea, or two, or three each day. It would be great to have my own mug, which can hold plenty of it and that I can clasp both my hands round to keep me warm and snug. Hot chocolate works too.
- Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Need I say more?
- A new Pokémon game for my DS - specifically Omega Ruby. I’ve played nearly all the games, and it would be great to complete the set.
- Unfortunately you cannot bring your bed from home to hospital, so I’m trying the next best thing. I would ask Santa for a really cosy thick set of pyjamas to make those cold winter nights disappear, ideally with penguins on them, or bunnies.
- A massive Paddington Bear for me to snuggle with at night and which will take residency in my bedroom. (That may have been one of my favourite childhood programmes.)
- A large Christmas lunch, with all the trimmings, turkey, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and a tonne of gravy. Brussels sprouts, however, do not take my fancy.
- Finally, a festive Christmas party with all my friends and family, because ultimately this is what Christmas is all about - spending time with the people you love.
That is what makes Christmas so special. No matter where we are, we always find a way to share it together.
So go on, start writing. I hope you get what you wished for!