I came to Willamette Valley Medical Center because I felt like five people were in my chest, squeezing as hard as they could, and since they were all standing on my lungs, trying to take a deep breath was next to impossible.
From the moment I checked into your emergency department there was protocol and procedure, empathy and understanding. The EKG, x-ray, blood work and all the other precautionary treatments took place in a systematic order.
Then enters Dr. Spear with a ton of questions. â€œThere are a number of reasons for chest pain. One of which is the heart, but in order to get to the bottom of this, Iâ€™ve ordered an angiogram for tomorrow about noon.â€
Time out! I had a concert to honor veterans at the community center Friday night at which I was the guest speaker. Saturday at noon I was announcing the state football game against Grant Union. It didnâ€™t matter. Soon I was in room 224. The nurses were amazing and wonderful, very professional and knowledgable.
The next day I was taken to the room where the angiogram would take place. Here efficiency, expertise and organization were taken to another level. I was wheeled back to my room and instructed to lie flat on my back for the next five hours. If I were a good boy, I may be released in the evening.
Â I made it to the concert, my speech was accepted with a standing ovation and the Dayton football team defeated Grant Union 62-6. Life is good. I could not have been treated better if I had private nurses and doctors. I hope we never have to meet under these circumstances again, but if we do, I now know Iâ€™ll be in good hands!
A special thanks and huge round of applause for: Janie Bullock, RN; Michael Clark, RN; Caitlin Johnson, RN; Jessica Krampits, RN; Melissa Millsap, C.NAII; Dr. Eugene Spear, cardiologist; and Naty Zamora, CNA. What a dynamic team!Â