My sister Grace and I--who, at ages 76 and 73 certainly qualify as senior citizens--have recently being doing a lot of going out, having new experiences, and meeting new people.
The only problem is that the places we have been going are medical facilities and the people we have been meeting have all been medical professionals.
In the past four and a half months I have had a trip to the ER with an unstoppable nose bleed, nasal surgery to remove the cluster of bleeder veins, tests that revealed heart problems, and a cardiac cath with insertion of a stent. I cancelled my scheduled cataract surgery, because of all the things involved in the cardiac situation--I'll get that done in a few months. My high blood pressure has been brought under control, at last.
Although our problems differ, Grace and I have both had close calls with the Grim Reaper. It is due to the care we have received from all those new acquaintances that we are both still here and growing stronger.
Years ago there was a lot of controversy over the expression "It takes a village to raise a child." I can definitely say that it has taken a village of medical personnel to keep this senior citizen on the path to health. When I started reviewing in my mind all the people involved, I was quite astounded!
Since the last week of June there have been:
- 10 doctors (ER doctor, General Internist, Radiologist, Cardiologists, ENT specialist, Ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma and cataracts, Geriatrics specialist, Hospitalist)
- More nurses than I can keep track of, all of whom have been highly competent, professional, caring and comforting
- Many technicians, who have drawn blood, taken EKGs, performed scans, taken X-Rays, and more
- Numerous receptionists and patient registrars
- A dietitian
- Two cardiac rehab nurses
|Chad took this picture a few hours after the |
stent was inserted and sent it to my son.
Jeremy was being very anxious and feeling
helpless since he was 2000 miles away.
Grace's story is her own, but I will only say that she also has a long list of caretakers and prayers that saved her.
We are moving on.