Medical Professionals: The Good, The Awkward, and the Enthusiast


Medical Professionals: The Good, The Awkward, and the Enthusiast

While we waited for Emma's surgery, we had many visitors. Those visits from friends were cherished, perhaps none so much as the visits from our Rainbeau family, our not-at-all-square square dance club members. One of these visits came on the day of the eclipse and our friend Jackie brought eclipse glasses with her. We went out to the courtyard and, with a large group of nurses, doctors, patients, and visitors, we were able to experience the eclipse. It was like a party! Everyone shared glasses and showed off their pinhole technique for viewing. As one person said, the gathering was more remarkable than the eclipse itself. It was a nice way to spend the day before surgery.

The other visitors we had in plenty were the nurses, CNA's, doctors, nutritionists, and various specialists. How they communicate with the patients is a fascinating study. After several days of a constant stream of medical professionals, I found they tend to fall into one of three different categories. I call them: The Good, The Awkward, and The Enthusiast. A few fell into more than one category.

The Good: Nurses who explained procedures in a way that made them less frightening; the GI Clinic docs who first talked to us about Crohn's, then slipped out quietly when it was apparent Emma needed time to process what they had told her.

The Awkward: The surgeon who came in while Emma was eating her 2nd meal in 5 days and immediately went on a rant about how the hospital doesn't know how to feed patients with bowel obstructions, told Emma what terrible shape she was in, and put her on a liquid diet. More about the surgeon later. He was.... brilliant.  And we did warm up to him before we left.

The Enthusiast: If one has to have an ostomy, what better than to have an over-the-top enthusiast on board! This RN, Wound Specialist, Ostomy Specialist was so excited about her work, she actually asked to have her last colonoscopy done without any sedation. Why? Because she wanted to watch. Why??? Because, HOW COOL! IT WAS, LIKE, I COULD SEE INTO MY OWN ANUS! HOW COOL IS THAT?!

Excuse me, but seeing into my own anus is not something I'd put on my bucket list. Her enthusiasm, however, was contagious and helped immensely with coming to terms with having an ostomy.

The surgery went well. So well, in fact, that she didn't have an ostomy! Her surgeon said her blood protein levels were just high enough, he could take the chance and let her try and heal without it. It was a gamble, but he was convinced she was doing well enough, it was worth a try. After all, an ostomy is not without risks, either. If, however, she would develop any problems later in the week, like fever, nausea, pain, etc, he would have to take her back to the OR and give her the ostomy. He had removed about 9 inches of diseased small intestine. By this time, a number of people had told us how brilliant this surgeon is and how lucky we were to have him.

And Emma was overjoyed to hear this news!

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You and your family manage to pack an awful lot into a hospital stay. You have a way of writing about it that makes it all sound so exciting. I love your writing style. I especially love the story of the woman who wanted to watch her own colonoscopy. That was a new one on me. I am so happy they are going to let your daughter try to heal without having to wear a bag. \r\nWhat a journey you have been on as a family. Amazing. I see God all over it. Thank you for sharing.


Following Emma's story with great interest....thanks for sharing it, Goldie.