from The Driver, The Nurse and the Writer

The pretty young New Zealand nurse worked in the intensive care ward at the hospital. When the racing driver was brought in with his serious injuries he wasn’t expected to live much longer. Ms Walker didn’t know anything about, nor had the least interest in motor racing, but of course knew of the famous race driver.

For a month or so, the concerned intensive care nurse together with the wonderful doctors and other nurses watched, hovered over the race driver in his deep coma connected to many life-preserving tubes. She had seen much death working hard to preserve that most precious gift of life in the intensive care departments of hospitals in South Africa and here in London on her “OE”. Still she knew that he was extremely fit; so the longer he, “the driver” “hung in there”, day after day, her faith grew… that some day her patient would walk out of the Atkinson Morley Hospital. Then what would happen to her famous patient, she had no idea!


And the fervent prayers of his very concerned parents, as well as those of his numerous friends and fans would perhaps be answered. The neuro-surgeons and doctors stared intently at the prone, deeply unconscious body, plugged by numerous life-giving plastic tubes. At first barely perceptible, the monitors started showing some activity in the patient’s brain … but day by day the waves got stronger. And the coma got less deep and the patient got stronger… even if it was only noticable to the specialists, the neuro-surgeons.

And one bright morning the driver did indeed come out of the coma…to the absolute joy  of his most concerned parents and the many well-wishers.  Then began the long, slow struggle of (or rather towards) rehabilitation. Learning to speak once again (a few words mumbled at first), to read, talk, then to walk again (very unsteady at first, because the patients, co-ordination had been severely affected by his accident)… through using parallel bars with the assistance of his physiotherapist, Dr Kreft.

However, the driver was extremely persistent and never gave up in his various attempts… which helped a lot in his recuperation, which really was quite extraordinary considering the seriousness of his injuries. And one happy day, after a few months with the press present he was discharged from the hospital in a wheel-chair… together with a newspaper report.

The driver spent the next three to six months at home tended to by his loving parents and gradually regained some strength in his broken body (he had also broken his neck, which wasn’t discovered until he came out of his coma and tried to sit up to excruciating pain). There were numerous visits to the hospital for consultations with the specialists. And that was quite an ordeal learning to walk again… but he persisted (as usual) and was successful in his endeavours.

“It is not necessary to succeed, but to persist.”

– the words of South African author, Alan Paton, author of the classic book ‘Cry the Beloved Country’.


Of course, the driver couldn’t remember the attractive New Zealand nurse from the intensive care ward in J7, who so tenderly attended to his needs. However, during his physiotherapy sessions with another Kiwi, they often spoke of his time under the care of the excellent doctors and nurses in Ward J7. And the physiotherapist, Colleen, told the driver that her sister, Mary had been one of those diligent intensive care nurses looking after him in his long unconscious state.

After doing amazingly well with his recovery, a few months later through the organising efforts of his manager and parents, the driver, invited the medical specialists who had cared for him to a nearby Italian restaurant…as a “small” token for his sincere appreciation to all the medical professionals, who had taken such good care of him – those dedicated and caring people who had saved his life.

And the large group of health professionals included sisters, Mary and Colleen from far-off New Zealand. And one of them who made a particular impression on the stricken driver was intensive care ward nurse Shepherd. By now speaking much better, the driver was impressed with her attractive face, as well as her quiet personality and retiring nature – so far removed from the glamour of motor racing (and the hordes of the “hangers on, the shallow groupies”).

Smitten, and fast getting back to his old “charming self” (and returning self confidence with the fairer sex), some days after his dinner he telephoned nurse Walker  to invite her around to his home, as he wanted to show his “small” appreciation to her in the form of a “additional little gift.” When Mary arrived on the weekday morning (it was her day off), they spent hours chatting over coffee and biscuits… and they never once spoke about the subject of motor racing.


There was definitely a spark between the young brown-haired nurse and the blonde driver coming from such different backgrounds… total opposites in looks, personality and character. Coming However, from there on the relationship blossomed, seeing each other regularly and after about six months they became a “real item” (and like most women craved security).  After she moved in, Mary looked after the drivers every need being aware of some of his areas of “difficulty” (especially with household chores and other domestic tasks) and soon turned the driver’s rather untidy and unkempt house into a home. Marie knew that the driver would need a lot of looking after, initially at least; but then she was quite prepared for that,

She would help him in his recovery, then soon he would be fine…once more, as her very caring (altruistic) nature liked, rather loved to help others. A “true giver”, Mary didn’t know much about the effects of head injury in intensive care ward – patients either died…or left hospital…and presumably got better!

And some months later the driver proposed on bended knee over a candle-lit dinner in the glow of the fireside hearth and Mary (who was a true romantic… gladly accepted (to the great delight of their many friends and family on opposite sides of the globe). It was a quiet wedding… and the best days of the beaming, attractive couple in the form of security, commitment, health and happiness, no doubt lay ahead…

from The Driver, The Nurse and the Writer



About craig lock

ABOUT c the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. and from and Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) Paperbacks (see and"craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE and All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
This entry was posted in books by craig lock, brain injury, Craig's books, head injury, M, Stirling, Stirling by craig lock, Stirling Moss, The Nurse and The Writer and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to THE YOUNG NURSE

  1. I truly love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you develop this web
    site yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my own blog and would love
    to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme
    is named. Many thanks!


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s