Sister, Staff, and Strong Drink

The past week or so has been a really busy, an unfortunately busy, one for me.

I had to take The Sister, who is never really ill, to the hospital; I stayed up all night there with her, then they kept her for several days. She should have been alright, but she went home and as we both do, overdid it and landed there again. I had to keep going back and forth to the hospital. Fortunately, it was the one here in town, albeit on the other side of town, about 12 miles from my place. This is a woman who, despite being chronologically the eldest, is by far the physically strongest of us, and had never been in a hospital except to have her children over 50 years ago.

So you can understand that when I got a call from her at 11:00 PM as I was getting ready for bed, I got to her as soon as possible.

Needless to say, she was apprehensive at first.

However, the doctors there and the staff and the nurses have been excellent and also comforting. They have been solicitous of her concerns, needs, and wants,

and of mine!

As a patient, I have seldom received as good care anywhere as I did as a visitor with The Sister’s stays.

She’s home now, taking it easy. She was not overly concerned about going to the hospital a second time, and she agreed readily to stay for a few days.

In fact, I left early when they took her to her room the second time and she was eating up the considerable attention from the familiar nurses!

Without being indiscrete, I can tell you that The Sister and I used to be asked if we were twins, and we would have to say that she is seven years and six days older than I am. People would laugh and say that if we had been twins, seven years would have been hard on our mother, which I then would add, “You have no idea how hard, since we have a brother in between us.”

So do the math to get her age; she only acknowledged that she was no longer “Middle-aged” a few years ago,
(and it took her a good long time to admit to being “Middle-aged” in the first place).

Now, for me. I have had new health developments and while you are reading this, I will be prepping for another scan, having the scan, or recovering from all the stuff that I will have to drink and have intravenously.

I have had several different kinds of tests/scans in my legs, chest and now abdomen, and also bloodwork like you wouldn’t believe.

It’s not unusual for them to see something(s) in me, then have trouble pinning it/them down.

Through this, I not only saw my friendly and wonderful Primary Care Physician, (one of the best doctors ever), but a lovely and quite competent Physician’s Assistant, a number of nurses, phlebotomists, and various scan techs, plus efficient clerical staff, all of whom have been friendly, kind, and who also have been concerned with my comfort.

All of my care has been in a closer medical not affiliated with the in-town hospital, which makes it doubly impressive.

(I could tell you horror stories of past encounters with medical personnel.)

If The Sister and I have to have things go wrong, this was the time and these were the places.

Fortunately, it looks like if we start acting our ages, we should be around for some time yet.

So here I am, waiting for a call-back from the medical staff, and drinking a second medical swallow in one week,

and once again, am presently surprised that the stuff is really not bad.

The last one was actually good, really. (I wish that they had given me more!)

How times have changed!

I can’t say that, not unlike my older sibling, I don’t mind the kind attention,

and I’d rather it be under better circumstances, but at least it is as good as it gets.

How about you? Have you had good experiences with medical staff lately?


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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12 Responses to Sister, Staff, and Strong Drink

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Sorry to learn of your sister’s medical issues… wonderful that you’re near, available, and willing to assist / comfort her.
    Also sorry to learn of new developments in your on-going health issues. I hope and pray all will come out favorably.

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    • Thanks,Jeff. This is really new and some old, familar things are raising their heads. I will keep you informed. I truly appreciate the prayers.
      Wherever I moved, the family followed. I was here for 5 years and it’s hard with no one around, which is why Son #2 is seriously considering conming back at least to the regeon


  2. I’m continuing to pray for you and your family.
    Wyatt and I both have new doctors (our town can’t seem to keep them for long) and we really like them both. Wyatt’s doctor is a little difficult to understand as his accent is very thick but he’s extremely polite and really listens to Wyatt when he talks. Wyatt was excited to learn that his doctor speaks French, since Wyatt and I are both learning it now.
    My new doctor took my health very seriously while the previous ones had been dismissive of me and my dramatic symptoms. This new doctor ran all sorts of tests and finally gave me a diagnosis which she says the medical community is still learning about.
    I hope both of these doctors stay here for awhile.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Having the need for medical attention is never pleasant, so when the providers are kind and attentive it makes the ordeal more bearable. Having spent the second half of 2021 in countless medical facilities, I can’t complain about the care hubby got. His kids might disagree, but I think they did the best they could.

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    • That is wonderful to hear for you and your husband’s sakes. Younger folks seldom seem to accept that the medical staff didn’t figure out some way to keep their loved ones with us, no matter what.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Last Friday morning my husband said, “I think I have to go to the ER. I’m having chest pains.” Talk about a rush to get out of the house! He’s like your sister. If he says it’s bad, it is. We got wonderful care at the hospital. I can’t fault them for anything. Fortunately, he’s fine, and I hope that you and your sister will back to a hundred percent soon.

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    • WOW, scary! Great news! Better safe than sorry.
      So far, so good on us,but I definitely need more testing because the symptoms are real, if even if the causes are yet to be found.


  5. trishafaye says:

    I’m glad that you’ve been able to be there for your sister – and that she’s doing so well health wise up until this.
    Good luck with your own upcoming tests and scans. Sending hugs and healing thoughts your way and that they send you home with an “All is well” verdict.

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