New Year Off To A Bumpy Start

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Have you ever celebrated New Year’s Eve in a hospital emergency room? I have. Let me tell you, it is a lot more fun singing “Auld Lang Syne” in your own living room, with a few good friends, over a bottle of champagne. However, given the way I was feeling, I was glad to be where I was.

It began the Thursday before New Year’s with a mild discomfort in my right side, front and back, which over the next couple days became more  painful. By Saturday morning I could hardly get out of bed. Len took me to the ER where they did numerous tests, including a CT scan, and put me on pain medication. By noon, no cause was diagnosed and the pain subsided, so I was sent home. No sooner did I get there than the pain reoccurred, worse than any I have ever had. I was taken by ambulance back to the ER and more tests, also which proved inconclusive. On Monday I was discharged, but back again Tuesday. Three more CT scans, ultrasound, colonoscopy and other tests still could not pinpoint the source of the pain — not the physicians’ fault, they did everything possible, but, as Len says, “You always have been difficult to figure out.”

TMI? Anyway, the point of the above medical history is to thank all those who gave up their holiday to care for me and others who needed their services. The ambulance arrived within minutes, the staff quickly and carefully got me aboard and transported, comforting me as best they could. This was my first ever ambulance ride and although I have nothing to compare it with, they get a triple A from me.

The same goes for PRMC. Their navigation of the seven C’s — competency, capability, compassion, courtesy, caring, comforting, cleanliness,    — goes far  beyond requirements. Remember, these are people who most likely would rather be celebrating holidays anywhere but at work. From medical staff to cleaning personnel, everyone was pleasant, compassionate and concerned for my well being. Too often we take these wonderful people for granted. Although I don’t remember all their names, I’ll never forget their care and kindnesses. THANK YOU!

But isn’t it about time someone came up with a replacement for those awful hospital gowns that haven’t changed in 100 years? For starters, couldn’t they be made out of jersey instead of  stiff, scratchy material? (One of the nurses suggested sheepskin in winter and satin in summer). And with a front and back, please, perhaps with Velcro fasteners at the sides rather than ties that knot up beneath you. It probably would do wonders for the recovery rate, too, since your appearance affects your well being!

LIBRARY FRIENDS OF PAYSON

If you or a loved one has a hearing loss, mark your calendar for Monday morning, Jan. 23, to attend the Library Friends meeting at 10 a.m. in the Library Meeting Room, 328 N. McLane Rd. Vicki Thompson of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will speak on services available in Arizona for the hearing impaired. She will discuss 24/7 Telecommunications Relay Services, licensure of American Sign Language Interpreters, community outreach services and educational programs. The presentation is free and open to the public, no reservations needed. Light refreshments will be served.

New fiction at the library include Catherine Coulter’s “Split Second,” “Kill Me If You Can” by James Patterson and “Lie For Me” by Karen Young. Non-fiction books are “A Cowboy’s Life” by Bob Lilly, Regina Herzlinger’s “Who Killed Health Care” and Kurt Steyn’s “After America: Get Ready for Armegeddon.” There also are new DVD and VHS movies.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

RIM COUNTRY REGIONAL SENIOR CIRCLE

Patti Patterson-King will present the first in a series of health education events designed to help women maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit. The program will take place at the Senior Circle facility, 215 N. Beeline Highway, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. For information, call (928) 472-9290.

PAYSON SENIOR CENTER AND THRIFT STORE

Ann James and Friends perform at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The musical program is free and open to the public.

An Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Senior Center. The meeting is for family and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

Jan. 19 is Birthday Bash Day for members with January birthdays. Menu for the day is Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, tropical mixed fruit, whole wheat roll, beverage, and, of course, birthday cake. Call the above number for reservations.

Jewelry with pink tags will be half off the marked prices at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. Regular clothing is priced at 10 garments for $1, boutique items are sold at a 50 percent  discount. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, until 4 p.m. other weekdays and Saturday, closed Sunday.

PINE/STRAWBERRY THRIFT STORE

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine, is celebrating Children’s Week Jan. 18-21 with 50 percent off all children’s items including clothing, books, toys and other children’s merchandise. Small kitchen appliances also will be on sale for half off the marked prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Think about it: Have a happy day — what else can you get for nothing?

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