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Dr. Halligan and Harrison Medical Center Angels, Part 2 of 3

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 DanielJoseph 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.

Nurse Elizabeth on 3N is only one example of innovative, creative thinking.    

 

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  

Dr. Halligan, Doctor’s Clinic in Silverdale, treated my leg daily in the hospital…he never failed to continue his daily treatment and re-wrapping of my lower left leg. 

(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).

More later.

Thanks for reading…. Sharon O’Hara

4 thoughts on “Dr. Halligan and Harrison Medical Center Angels, Part 2 of 3

  1. Sharon, what is that on your leg “Outside, back left leg”. Is it dead skin, or build up of weeping?

  2. Sally, I’m guessing it must be dead skin – scabs waiting to slough off. The wounds were cleaned every day with saline solution, air dried and more Silver applied after the cleaning and re-wrapped. To be sure, I’ll ask Dr. Halligan at today’s appointment.

  3. Sharon, so sorry for all you have been through! Now you know why I rave about Dr. Halligan! I have 23 months in and I am doing so well. Going to the YMCA almost everyday and working out and swimming with my husband.
    Dr. Halligan was a big part of my great outcome. He and his office staff are wonderful and very caring. The Harrison nurses on 4 West said he was the best doctor for what I had.
    Hope things I better for you now, Sharon!

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