Once upon a time there was a nurse whose lengthy tenure as a professional nurse focused on the giving of health care to those who had such a need. The opportunity to be on the receiving side came unexpectedly and at times suddenly. After having surgery this month followed by the onset of bilateral pulmonary emboli, the gift of receiving became an eye opening learning experience. There are not enough words to express my gratefulness for the interventions that spared my life. There are not enough words or ways for me to express thankfulness to nurse aides or techs, nurses - LPNs/RNs, lab folks, dietary personnel, diagnostic staff, and physicians (surgeon, ER, hospitalist) - for the team work they did. My spirits were lifted by visits from family and friends, cards, flowers, meals brought into my home following discharge, incredible prayer support, texts, phone calls. There is no way I could begin to repay any of those givers and care givers for such amazing, skillful and compassionate care.
Muskogee is blessed to have a health care facility that is faith-based with the opening the day and closing each day with prayer hospital-wide, with the symbol of the cross/crucifix highly visible through out the hospital. When I was in agony in the ICU, I looked toward the door of my room to see the cross and know that there was hope for recovery. Even when I was a patient at a long term care facility, I continued to have compassionate care that also saved my life. I could not have gone to Tulsa to get any better 5 star quality care than what I received in Muskogee. It was truly amazing that among the many caregivers I encountered there were 5 who were Bacone College Nursing graduates! May the Lord continue to bless the St. Francis-Muskogee Hospital with all of its staff and services. I am so blessed to be alive and I look forward to a full recovery in order to continue to be on the giving side but also remembering the other side of health care as well.