In the middle of June, my husband Jim was sick two nights in a row. He was sick at night but not during the day. Both days he thought it was indigestion & took a familiar antacid for relief. Sunday & Monday he felt just OK.
Tuesday he awoke at 3 am with pains in his abdomen. We both thought he had gas. I kept telling him to get up & walk, drink water, whatever. (Actually, I wanted to sleep.) Our 16-year-old grandson from Florida was visiting, so I took him to the basketball camp at Central that morning & then to meet Jim's sister for lunch. Jim called after we had finished eating. He said the pain had gotten worse. He asked his sister if he should go to the hospital emergency room or to one of the clinics. She said for him to go to the ER. We live about 2 miles from the hospital, so I had him there around 12:30.
Everyone in the ER was great. They ran an EKG, followed by X-rays. The doctor on duty evidently suspected the gall bladder. Since Jim hadn't eaten a bite of food all day, they could run an ultrasound. He did indeed have a problem with the gall bladder. At some point in there they called a surgeon. In the meantime, Jim was admitted to the hospital.
The next morning they ran a cat scan on Jim. It was suspected that he had a blockage in the bile duct, which he did. One doctor did a procedure that took care of that problem. He called the room & told me exactly what he had found & what he did. By this time Jim had jaundiced.
His gall bladder was removed the following day. His surgeon always explained everything to us in a courteous manner. I'm very pleased with the surgeon's treatment while Jim was in the hospital & on our two office visits since. He came by to see Jim two or three times each day in the hospital.
When we moved here almost five years ago, everyone seemed to complain about the old hospital. Then this nice new one was built. We had heard pros & cons about the new facility. Everyone who had anything to do with Jim was competent, cooperative, & pleasant. That includes doctors, nurses, technicians, the ER team & registration staff. I highly recommend the Heritage Medical Center.