I hope you enjoy this journey through my experience at Envita Medical Center. I do not regret going although we did not get the results that we had hoped. I loved watching people, and especially the nurses as they lovingly cared for the patients. It’s an extremely busy place but everyone always had a smile and cheerful word to say. It was a very difficult time but the care I felt there I haven’t really found in any other place I’ve been. This post took me about a month to caption by doing 1-2 pictures a day. Pearl edited for me. Blessings, Amaris
When I first went back they took my vitals and my heart rate was very high. So we had to wait until it came down because the meds go right into the top vein of your heart and they didn’t want to start until it was better. It wouldn’t come down so they had to give me two different kinds of drinks awhile apart to get my heart rate to come down. Which then I ended up needing some fluids to keep my blood pressure up. They also finally let Mommy come back. For Covid they don’t let caregivers come back except for special cases. So I never started treatment until around 2:30. I was supposed to start around 11. So it was a very long, hectic day. We are not sure what’s going on with my heart. Friday was the same way wouldn’t come down very well. Not sure if it’s anxiety or what. So I’m going to keep a close eye on it and now the nurse knows what to do to help it. My nurse is Ashley and she will be my nurse for the whole time except for couple of the special treatments. She is a very sweet girl.
Around 12:30 a lot of the nurses and staff gathered in the lobby. The doctor had hoped to be there but he was in a consult. Auntie read the little speech I wrote and then I rang the bell. (They have an optional tradition where patients will ring the bell in the lobby on their last day of treatment. Ringing the bell has a different meaning for each patient – it could be to celebrate the progress that was made, or to acknowledge the hard work and fighting spirit that they put into their healing process. They gather the treatment team in the lobby so we can all be together and celebrate the journey.) Everyone cheered and clapped celebrating with me. Different ones came and gave me a hug and said encouraging words. Even a couple of the ladies I met there came and gave me hugs.
Here is the speech….First of all I want to thank my Heavenly Father. He is so good to me. He allowed us to find Envita and I am so grateful for that. We had come to the end of our resources. From the very first with talking to Hayley we felt heard and understood. I can’t express in words my gratitude and thanks to all of you. You have made this journey as smooth as possible. The compassion and care, friendly smiles, words of encouragement, and love I felt here is nothing like I’ve felt before. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know there’s quite a journey ahead but I am thankful for the start on my healing journey that has been given me. I pray for the staff and patients of Envita everyday. Keep up the good work and keep smiling. I know I am very quiet but I love to observe people and I’ve done a lot of that here. I hope that someday I can carry the compassion and care I’ve seen here in my own future nursing LPN/RN experience. God bless you all