Dr. Halligan and Harrison Medical Center Angels, Part 2 of 3March 4th, 2012 by Sharon O'Hara
Our recent tragic killings and deaths make me doubly grateful for the incredible people and treatment I received from our hometown hospital and staff at Harrison Medical Center.
Those of us who have been patients there over a length of time know Harrison’s greatest assets are in their staff. Their nurses and aides, many named Elizabeth and one each named Joseph and Daniel. Joseph is notable for nursing skills and his uncanny ability to find anything….even a bridge….as in my missing two-tooth bridge. He found it in a little container with “?” on the lid.
Look at the contraption she put together to take the pressure off the bottom of my left calf to lessen the pain of the open weepy lesions and help it heal faster. The devise worked so well that when I was shifted down a floor they wheeled me downstairs right on the bed.
Nurse Sylvia on 3N brought me the Kitsap Sun newspaper every morning she worked. I always knew she was on shift when I awoke and spotted the Sun on my bedside tray. When I was moved to the private room on two – her spirit lifting thoughtful placing of the Kitsap Sun on the bedside table continued and never failed to make me grin in thanks.
A complication was the UW positive testing for MRSA. You do not want it – hospital visitors do not want you to have MRSA either. Gowning up and wearing rubber gloves to visit a friend in the hospital might well cut down on regular hospital visits. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004520/, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mrsa/DS00735
(I am hoping to go home tomorrow from rehab at Martha & Mary’s Rehab Center in Poulsbo. I have not been home in 8 weeks).
Thanks for reading…. Sharon O’Hara