I have been diagnosed with post covid, I also suffer from anxiety and depression and have alcohol dependency issues. After being referred to Red Rose Recovery by the post covid service, I now consider myself extremely fortunate to have had Orla assigned to me.
At the time I felt quite anxious regarding having a support worker. From the outset Orla made me feel relaxed and comfortable. I was soon to find out she has many fine qualities. She is kind, caring, attentive, so friendly, understanding, non-judgemental, a great listener, a great sense of humour and very genuine. She carries out these qualities and many more with dedicated professionalism. Orla is always prepared to go above and beyond, assuring me it is ok to talk or message.
A couple of many examples – I have recently been in hospital for a hip replacement, I was quite anxious at the time and Orla kept in touch throughout giving me moral support and encouragement. In January 2023, I was admitted to hospital induced by alcohol for a clinical detox, it was a worrying time for my elderly parents, Orla was an incredible support to them, my daughter, sister and me, constantly keeping in touch, wanting to know my progress. Since then, I feel I have progressed so much having not used alcohol since and my mental health has greatly improved. Orla must take a great deal of credit for this, always giving me support, encouragement and being there for me. I feel I have a fair way to go but with Red Rose Recovery’s continued support along with the help I receive from the post covid service there is light at what has been at times a very dark tunnel.