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Seeing The Other Side Of The Fence
This particular morning was an uneasy one for me.  I was nervous and has some anxiety that made my blood pressure be way higher than usual.  I was very hesitant on even getting out of bed in the first place.  I had too; I had already drunk the most enormous, nastiest lemon flavoured fluid that tasted worse than anything I have ever had to drink.  Each gulp

All this was because I was scheduled to have a procedure at the same place I worked at.  I am a very healthy individual, but due to my family history, I needed the dreaded colonoscopy that we all eventually need to get done.  Well, it was my turn.  I was nervous over the procedure due to the unknown of what may be lurking deep in my colon.  Even more anxious over having it done where I worked, and the thought of being on the other side of the fence, being an actual patient and not the health care provider.

Well, I must admit, the experience wasn’t bad at all.  First of all, the staff in the OR, and my physician was wonderful.  The procedure, well, what can I say it was what it was.  They were very professional and understanding.  I believe they could see I was nervous and they were very comforting.  A few of the nurses that recognized me came over and visited me.  I told one of them in particular that I was nervous and replied to my statement in a soft sweet voice, “You’re one of us, your part of the family; we’ll take good care of you”.  I’m sure I wasn’t treated any different from any other patient, but her just saying that for some reason, calmed my apprehensions down.   Another nurse that recognized me asked if I wanted her to put in my IV, I said ok, she wasn’t even my nurse for my case.  She did a great job, I didn’t even feel it.  Well, maybe a little pinch.  Everyone was wonderful from start to finish.

What a wonderful family that I found I belong too, and I am proud to be a part of at SRMC.  KUDOS and a BIG THANKS to the entire OR team.  I couldn’t of been in better caring hands that day.  Thank you for your wonderful care and dedication to your profession.
The experience has taught me a valuable lesson in being more understanding to our patients on what they may be feeling, and their anxieties on the unknown.  Being on the other side of the fence is not pleasant for anyone, but maybe I, as a health care provider can make a difference in their lives.

A BIG Thanks again,
A patient for a day

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