Here is the saga of my illness and thank you again for calling me, what a
wonderful surprise and a boost to my morale. I think I am caught up to date now
with the published stories and it should be a few weeks before I have another
one. Thank you for doing this for me, I refer people to your site often. Love
When sickness strikes, and especially when it is as unexpected as mine was, I
hope that you are fortunate enough to have a health care facility with personnel
as competent and skilled as those I encountered at Oconee Regional Hospital in
Milledgeville/Baldwin County. I am knowledgeable about the warning signs of
appendicitis but unfortunately, my medical emergency was not a textbook case,
because the typical initial symptoms were insignificant and difficult to
interpret until my situation suddenly accelerated and then my appendix ruptured.
Doctor Harinder Brar arrived promptly for unexpected after hour's emergency
surgery and he and the operating room group were skillful, informative and
compassionate. Soon after the surgery was complete, I unfortunately
transitioned unexpectedly from recovery to Intensive Care where I encountered
additional professionals who managed my pain and controlled the situation which
was a result from the spreading infection and anesthesia. By afternoon I was
stable enough to transfer to the Park Tower and great adventures awaited there
My primary physician, Doctor George Martinez, who is also a trusted friend, made
rounds frequently and regulated my daily medication and my overall general
health; within twenty four hours I impressed him with astonishing progress.
Doctor Stephen Langston was in attendance for weekend visits and was available
for additional advice and counseling.
The emergency room staff, Department of Radiation, Intensive Care professionals
and experts who operate the 4th floor Park Tower, angels of mercy, insured that
my needs were met, sometimes before I knew to ask. There were numerous
individuals who assisted me over those days but Debbie, Pam, Tina and Michelle
became my extraordinary advocates. Dr. Brar is a skilled surgeon who is
surrounded by nurses and technicians who work hard to restore our health. Thank
you to those people who keep the institution in working order, and once I was
allowed to get off a liquid diet, I have to say that the meals were remarkably
It is indisputable that my regular workouts at Curves are a substantial reason
that I responded so well to treatment; I have developed exceptional core balance
and my arm and leg strength was amazing to the physical therapy experts. It
explained my being able to take significantly long walks in the hall and how
quickly I was able to get out of bed, unassisted. I am a senior citizen but I
refuse to act elderly and because I realize the importance of a positive
attitude, I choose to enjoy my retirement years.
There were countless phone calls, personal visits, messages and words of
encouragement which are greatly appreciated; I am blessed to be surrounded by
loving people. My immediate family has been amazingly supportive, as they
always are, and I know that there were an abundance of heartfelt prayers offered
on my behalf. I appreciate that those precious members at Black Springs Baptist
Church know the power of prayer and that Pastor David Perry stood at my bedside
and communicated beautiful expressions of praise and worship.
Thank you Lord.