Health Care Gratitude: Hip Replacements Keeping Us Walking!

Perfect place for a picnic

Ten years ago, family and friends helped me overcome my fear and an orthopedic surgeon gave my mobility back when he replaced both hips. Unfortunately, one of them became infected and required three additional surgeries, but ended with a favorable outcome.  Those who cared for me, besides my family, remain in my memory to this day.

  • The nursing assistant who turned my pillow in the middle of the night (aaaaahhh, sweet!)
  • The RNs who wrote and monitored the care plan, administered medications, IV’s, treatments, watched over me in recovery room, changed my sheets when the teensy fracture pan didn’t do the job … I tried to warn her … and we both laughed until the tears flowed.
  • The lab personnel, The Infection Control Physician
  • The Pharmacy personnel, The Home Health Teams
  • The Dietary departments, The housekeeping staff
  • The Supply clerks who make sure everything needed is at hand
  • The x-ray personnel,  the operating room Personnel
  • The anesthesiologists
  • The Physical Therapist, The Occupational Therapist
  • The ward clerks, receptionists and The volunteers
  • The nursing home (actually the one in which I worked. Now the human resources director was at their mercy!) They cared for me when I wasn’t quite functional enough to head home and burden the family when the 4 hospital days expired.  (Better the days expire than me!) They greeted me, lining the hall, and clapping as the stretcher rolled by.  My room had a poster of a hunky man on the ceiling, and balloons hung in the corner.  Lots of sayings on the walls.

Yes, I am concerned about health care in the United States.  Especially for those who don’t have access. But in the eye of the health debate hurricane, there are the core folks who give their all for the ill and injured.  Thanks to them and their families.  Because most families are the extension that keeps them available, and functioning, often sacrificing time and family functions, while their loved one must run to the aid of others.

Blessings to all who need the services of these great folks.  The world according to health care is like entering another sphere of existence. But the door to walk back into our former life is there for most of us.   For those who are still in the midst, I hope you feel like you are being touched by angels. Does anyone have a positive story to share?  A special health care professional to describe?

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lesann
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 18:30:28

    When I was expecting I dropped by the doctor’s office one afternoon for a quick check-in. That was three weeks before my due date. The doctor took one look and told me to get comfortable, I wasn’t going home until the baby arrived.


    To truncate a lot of detail – I spent five days in labor and delivery waiting for labor to kick into high gear. They tried a lot of different things. The doctors and the midwives argued, shift after shift, about the delivery method. Two obstetrics nurses, Helena and Lynn, kept me sane. They held my hand, muttered expletives under their breath about the fighting, and cheered for us both (we have a very rough delivery). If I’d had a daughter she would be named for both of those women.

    Every year on my son’s birthday I think about them too. They really made a difference in all our lives.



    • Marion Spicher
      Aug 17, 2011 @ 22:56:50

      Ouch! I’m glad the two nurses were there to guard over you! Helena and Lynn, hope you are still there helping women and their babies through the birthing. And to all the health care folks out there, remember always the impact you have on those in your care, and know the memory of your kindness and care stays with them forever.



  2. Laurie Ryan
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 08:32:45

    Not for me, personally, but when my father was in the hospital earlier this year with some scary stuff going on (he’s stable now, thank goodness), my family and I were so very grateful to the ICU RN who cared for Dad. This guy explained everything thoroughly to us, even going over what the doctor said after he left to make sure we understood. Knowledge is good for combatting worry and he kept us well informed.



    • Marion Spicher
      Aug 17, 2011 @ 08:36:55

      Yes, knowing the what and the why is so important to help patients and families deal with the fear. Reducing fear is a large part of healing. Glad to hear your father is stable, and am wishing him well.



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