This year has been a bit traumatic for both myself and some other family members health wise, non of us had previously not had much to do with hospitals and associated heath services till this year so it was mostly a learning experience. Being aware of horror stories detailing waits of many hours to get attended to I wish to tell the other side of the story that we have experienced in recent months.
In my own case, as briefly mentioned in a previous post back in
May I had a stroke and it was touch and go there for a bit (or so I
am told, I was out of it) and whilst there is little doubt that the
emergency staff and doctors who treated me in those first few hours
saved my life it is the nursing staff and other 'health
professionals' I am going to highlight in this article. Whilst the
Doctors no doubt have a large amount of input into ones care it is
the nurses and other 'health professionals' that provide the hands on
care and interact with us when we need care, my experience with these
folks have, with very few exceptions, been outstanding! Not only was
the actual nursing care in the ICU provided in a competent, caring
and (most important and under rated quality) friendly manner and the
same was true of the various heath advisors who visited during my
recovery, the recovery assessors, dietary and lifestyle information
specialists and so on. In hospital is not a place where any of us
(particularity those previously healthy, or so I thought) wish to be
but apart from being challenged by the food choices (I am a
vegetarian which it turned out was a good thing as I lost several
pounds which I actually needed to loose during the stay) it was not a
bad experience considering the circumstances. I am howeverglad that I
had a quick, almost miraculous recovery and was able to come directly
home after leaving the ICU.
After this scare and having not seen a family doctor for many
years we then went looking for someone to fill this role. Having
'regestered' with the Markdale South East Grey Community Health
Centre a couple of years ago but never having gone any further (not
having needed their services till now) we made an apointmet to see
one of their 'Nurse Practitioners' and were pleasently surprised to
learn that they held a 'clinic' at the nearby Chatsworth Township
office two days a week. After recieving care and advice from the NP
and Nurse at said clinic for severak months now I am pleased to
report that we could not have found a better couple of proffesionals
to attend to our medical needs. The friendly and accomidating staff
have made an otherwise stressfull situation almost pleasant which
given my record of avoiding doctors and check ups is quite something!
A cousin has had a similar experience with the VON nursing
organization, receiving care and advice several times a week in her
own home in Wiarton regarding problems arising from a past minor
injury turned septic and poor circulation. Needing additional
treatment she was referred to the Tobermoury Hyperbaric facility
where she received intense but similar friendly and outstanding care
over a number of weeks. Perhaps I was put off by stories of long
waits and seemingly uncaring assessments told by others who attending
a hospital emergency department but our experience with these
particular heath professionals has been has been nothing but good. I
do note here that unless one identifies an urgent situation or is
already receiving ongoing care it is often hard to see a doctor or NP
in a timely manner, typical appointments can be weeks or even months
ahead, even longer if referred to a 'specialist', my thought has
always been 'if I can wait for weeks to come see you then perhaps I
do not need to see you at all!'. A little cynical perhaps and given
recent history I SHOULD have made that move several years ago, a near
death experience can result in a change in perspective eh!
Whilst I will not identify the particular individuals I have
spoken about in this post I would like to give the following heath
care professionals a hearty thanks and a 'well done and keep up the
good work'. You know who you are........
The nursing and support staff at the Owen Sound ICU unit.
The South East Grey Community Health Centre Nurses and Nurse
Practitioners and staff.
The Victorian Order of Nurses Grey Bruce Nurses and support staff
The Tobermoury Hyperbaric Facility Doctor and staff.
PS. Yes I am fully recovered and my cousin is making good
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