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My St. Mary's Experience

My St. Mary's Experience

My St. Mary's Experience

Words Cannot Express the Thanks and Admiration I Have

After a week long tussle experiencing chest pains, I decided it was time that I have someone take a gander at me. (I must inject here that the last time I was admitted to a hospital, I was 6 years old. That was in 1959.) What I thought was acid reflux, just wouldn't seem to go away, so I knew it was time to come in. One of the biggest reasons I tend to stay away from doctors is my extreme fear or phobia of needles.

Upon entering the ER, the information process began, and when I said the words "chest pains," the ceiling opened up and people descended upon me like groupies at a rock concert. They wouldn't even let me finish describing my symptoms. They just said "We'll worry about those later!"

Wisked away to treatment room in the ER, they wouldn't even let me walk! I walked in - why couldn't I walk back there? Once in the room, the second wave of people flocked in. When I saw Jennifer standing there with an IV bag full of needles, I was ready to walk out! Really all I wanted was a blood pressure check and an EKG. Sure...I'm a doctor...I know what I need! ha! ha!

I can't sing enough praises about the people in the ER. Dr. Houseman examined me, talked to me in plain English, and every one went far and above the call of duty to relax me.

EKG was good, blood pressure was ok, great! I'm headed home. WRONG! Chest X-ray was next, I then I was admitted. Oh boy...this is getting serious. Here lies a guy with a extreme needle phobia with an IV in his arm. Passing out came to mind...

To cut a long story short, I was kept overnight for observation and monitored very closely throughout the night. A stress test was ordered and fortunately I came through with flying colors.

I guess I just can't say enough about the staff in the ER, and all the nursing staff on 5 Central. All of these people were amazing. Believe it or not, they have pretty much cured my phobia of needles!

Dr. Behrens, the cardiologist, and his staff were also amazing. The techs down in radiology were great and even the transport people were great to be with.

Words cannot express the thanks and admiration I have for all these wonderful people. Chalk up another everyday victory!

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