Thankful for nurse’s care in La Plata
I began my first day of employment at Waldorf Ford on my birthday, Nov. 4, 2013, under the supervision of Mr. Clarence Ball, commercial account manager and Mr. Stephen Raley, general manager.
I reported for work as my normal pattern dictat- ed at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2016. At about 8:45 a.m., I felt a little strange and decided to call my wife, Zeta. Even though my home phone number has been the same for nearly 50 years, I couldn’t recall it. I told Mr. Clarence that JJ and Robert, my fellow employees, were in the service waiting room and told him I was going home.
Upon arrival at home, Zeta said, “Come on, we’re going to the emergency room,” at the University of Mar yland Charles Regional Medical Center. She drove. Upon arrival, the ER folks took over immediately. We spent the night experiencing a goodly number of tests and examinations. The medical staff determined I’d had a stroke. They provided a game plan for my recovery. Zeta, my daughter Dr. Denae Babbitt, who shared the night with us, and I were wonderfully impressed with each of the folks who served in the ER and expressed our appreciation fully.
On my first day back to work on Sept. 19, Mr. Clarence and Mr. Raley welcomed me with open arms. On Oct. 6, I went to work as usual. Experienced a numbness in my right index finger. Call Zeta. Zeta calls 911. Waldorf Fire Department and EMS quickly dispatch an ambulance with a three-person crew.
Zeta, Denae and I quickly renewed acquaintances with many familiar faces in the ER as they “went to work” on and for us.
Medical staff diagnosis: stroke with atrial fibrillation, major complication. Game plan with AF causes me to accept many changes in my daily routines — many will be most difficult to fully accept. However, onward and up the hills.
I was introduced to third floor east and a stroke suite, where Nurse Patty Phares introduced herself to us. At one point, Patty asked me if I had been in the military. My very quick response was to quote my Air Force military service number. She noted that her husband, Steve, was in the Navy. When Patty and Steve made the decision to establish their residence in St. Mary’s County, Steve had a short run to Pax River and Patty a 30-35 minute commute to arrive at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, where she serves as an example for others through totally dedicated care for each of her patients. Her attention is marked by care, concern and complete commitment in serving the folks of Southern Maryland.
Zeta, Denae and I urge the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center to recognize her as their employee of the month as a tribute to each of the folks on three east, the ER folks and physicians of staff that are responsible for our successful road to recovery. And I look forward with great anticipation to the day I will be allowed to re-join my associates at Waldorf Ford.
Zeta, Denae and I most fervently pray that each employee of University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center and Waldorf Ford — along with each family — enjoys health, happiness, peace and prosperity now and forever more. Amen. Marland Deen, Waldorf