Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nurses Are Awesome

About 100 years ago, my aunt Lorraine would take we girls to Hawaii every summer.  One year,we were on the Big Island, I think on the Kona side, and we found a restaurant we loved.  Now, granted, there was Auntie with three comely young ladies, and that habitually got us fine service, but at this particular establishment, the service was impeccable.
While I may have  forgotten the name of the place, I will never forget the entire experience of dining there.  I've been feeling the same appreciation for the nursing staff of the 4th floor here at Banner Baywood.

I'm a good patient when it comes to compliance, but I acknowledge that when it comes to complaining about things like pain, or any kind of discomfort, I suck.  I was not reared to complain...ever, and so when I'm asked if I'm in pain, I will invariably tell you 'no.'  And this can kill you.  Pain usually happens to warn you of something, but I have been attributing pain of late to being an expected consequence of chemotherapy, and just dealing with it.

Now, with the blood clots it's become very apparent that I *must* learn to tell my doctors about pain and anything else I can perceive as being beyond the norm.

So it seems that I will be here until Tuesday.  There was some discussion among my docs of implanting a filter to keep any more Pulmonary Embolisms from occurring, but instead, I may end up on blood thinners long-term.

3 comments:

  1. Girl, those nurses in Banner rock, they are awsome. Sometimes like you say you have to stop being stoic and just say "hey, I got this little thing going on over here". Nothing is too much trouble for them. Oh and the food is awsome, I loved it. I was due to be released on the Sat and Chris was playing golf in the morning. I told him to go to his game and to make sure he came for me AFTER lunch. During my week there, I put on 5lbs. Sheesh, it was like a hotel. My pulmo gal used to make me a cuppa every morning, wonderful people. Tell them I said so.
    Be well girlfriend, you are in the best place for now, you will get home soon, just enjoy your stay.
    Fay

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  2. My friend Paul Nielsen was just here, Fay, and I was pretty much telling him the same thing. I have been so tired and weak, that being catered to AND being seen to, medically, feels like I am being spoiled more than normally.

    Of course, my sisters spoil me most abominally at home, too, so I think I am ruined for life. :-)

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  3. Aint nuthin wrong with that girlfriend, take it while you can get it. Hope you are doing ok this morning.
    it is very foggy here his morning. I had forgotten how cool fog can look, fall is definitely coming in fast now.
    Be well and take care
    fay in the family room

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