Saturday, December 17, 2016

In Praise of the Portland VA

On Nov 23, sitting at home after minor surgery on my nose at the Portland, Oregon VA Hospital, I began feeling pressure and pains in my chest. Dialing 911 saw a quick response by our Fire Department EMT’s and ambulance crew that transported me to the ER where it was confirmed by the level of traponin in my blood that I had indeed suffered a heart attack.

Contrary to horror stories heard, I was not left lying in a hallway or placed at the bottom of some long list, but was immediately admitted where treatment began to stabilize me.

Thanksgiving Day saw no less concern as I was constantly monitored, medications given and my needs tended to.

By Monday I was stable enough for an angiogram where a blocked artery was stented and I was placed in ICU overnight, then sent home Tuesday with a written regimen I needed to follow along with new prescriptions.

Wednesday saw me receive a phone call from my Primary Care Team at the Vancouver Clinic to check up how I was doing and offer assistance if needed as I recuperate.

I cannot say other regions have not experienced problems, but we are very fortunate to have such a first class Veteran’s Hospital and staff in the Pacific Northwest.

4 comments:

Canuckguy said...

Well I am glad that you are on the mend.
Now you just have to give up all your bad habits.

Lew Waters said...

I'll have to pick some up first, then give them up, LOL

Canuckguy said...

So did you make some New Year's resolutions to give up some bad habits AND to adopt some good habits?

Lew Waters said...

Same resolution I have made for years and successfully kept ;-)

I resolve not to make any silly resolutions I know I won't keep anyway, LOL.

Otherwise, the main thing I'm doing is whatever it takes to cut stress in my life.