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?

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