So I've just had my most recent surgery and not gone into a major crisis, as my consultant was amazing and put in safeguarding protocols, to which I'm forever grateful for. Maybe it was because he recalled me from those two years ago, maybe it was because I'm a fellow African woman and I was afraid of going back for this minor operation for the awful complications I'd been having following the worst crisis of my life. Whatever the reason, he was amazing and I felt safe and well looked after on the HDU - intensive care and beyond on the gynae oncology ward, where I was also assisted well to walk to and from the bathroom and shower, because I was not able to walk safely myself and my pain was not belittled, nor medication which was adequate denied. This was a first, considering on the Neurology wards in December, I was not provided with medication beyond paracetamol, codeine and ibuprofen! Those DO NOT even minutely touch the pain of sickle cell. Yet I was left unethically to cope and reel in pain myself.