Thank­ful for nurse’s care in La Plata

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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

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