CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/140
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date23 July 1916
Extent2 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Hôpital Auxiliaire No. 10, Hotel Bristol, Aix-le-Bains, Savoie, France, to her relatives, regarding difficulty in writing when the singing is going on downstairs; good weather; new room with corner window and balcony; seven of her patients have left, three far from ready and one who had been treated badly - Delphin was made to walk too quickly after his operation and his muscles hardened, but the doctor dismissed him as a malingerer; the doctor is disliked; he was a throat specialist and does not understand muscles; she hates going with her patients to see the doctor as they always suffer; she finds she has to struggle to win the men's confidence after they have met the doctor; she has two new patients who are eager to begin therapy; the men's nerves are bad after all they have been through in treatment and they are scared to test their muscles; case of a crushed foot made useless for six months by swelling; the doctor told the patient, Le Goff, that he could walk if he liked; Le Goff is delighted with his progress with her, though he is sweating by the end of a session; the foot was crushed when a wagon ran over it; Tépaaz has left, with the verdict that his leg will never be right: a calf's knee joint was substituted for his own; his toes and ankles are working now, though, and he will eventually be able to walk without a stick; Le Breton and Fontanel have gone; Fontanel had a fall even in the course of leaving, failing to save himself because he could not use his bad arm, and needed his foot massaged again; he is going home; Amelia's chief has returned: she is a 'regular drum-major' but looks kindly on her and does not interfere with her work; slight tussle over whether there was any point in her accompanying patients she is not tending on their visits to the doctor, which she won; doctors do not appreciate nurses; weather uncertain at Chamonix.
Access StatusOpen
Add to My Items