The People of Baylor Plano

Even though this post doesn’t require one, here’s a picture of our handsome Chip for those of you who are squeamish.

Alright, he looks a bit odd there but what do you look like when you’re devouring a custard cone?If you’ve been following my adventures in hospital you know about my ear issues.  If you haven’t seen all the posts, here they are, in order.

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The People of Baylor Plano

Something I haven’t really touched on are the people I’ve encountered during my stay at Baylor Plano.

In short?  Fantastic.

Not universally so but the overwhelming majority of the people who work here are helpful, knowledgeable, friendly people who made my stay as pleasant as it could possibly be.  In some ways it was almost hotel-like.

Let’s see, where to start?

How about with the food.  I’d been in hospital all morning of the first day and was starting to get hungry.  What’s this?  A menu with what looks like a decent cafeteria selection.  Being in hospital I looked at the menu with a lot of doubt in my mind.  What are fajitas from a hospital going to taste like?  Maybe I should start with a simple chicken sandwich and fries.

I called down to room service and a very friendly voice asked what I would like and once I’d placed my order encouraged me to get more.  About a half hour later a friendly person knocked on my door and left me with

It was tasty and well cooked.  What you can’t see in the thumbnail is a piece of raspberry brownie off to the side.

Every meal was good.  Not 5-star but at least as good as a good cafeteria.  Better than the cafe at work.  It was always hot and tasty and frequently they included a flower which I kept most of and have a nice collection now.

Then there were the people.

During the day people came and went to check my vitals and change out meds on the Trans Pal.  Late in the day I was taken down and back by one of several outgoing patient transport drivers to get an MRI done.

Throughout the day and night during my stay they came in and out at semi-regular hours to see how I’m doing, empty vessels in the bathroom (you don’t want those details), see if there’s anything I need that they can get for me and to poke and prod me in various ways so they can monitor how I’m progressing.

I know I’m the easiest patient to work with on the floor (certainly the healthiest) and there were only a couple of days where I even looked like a patient. I’ve been wearing street clothes since my second day which helps to keep me from feeling like a full-on patient. Since they only need to get at my arms, nobody’s tried to force me into a gown.

My overall health and attitude probably influences them a bit while they’re in my room but I think only a little. From what I’ve seen around the hospital, the administrators either work very hard to find well-adjusted people or they hand out calming drugs as people arrive at work.

So, were they all perfect?  No.  There were a couple of night nurses that could use some more mentoring.  They weren’t as detail oriented as the rest of the day nurses (IV fluids on the floor or me, lots of air in the line, etc), mostly little things but when someone has your health in their hands, it make a big impression at the time.

All in all, if you get sick (as it turns out a friend has done and arrived today for an infection in her foot) Baylor Plano is an excellent place to be.  The people who run this hospital clearly understand that part of the care is the experience.  If people are comfortable and as happy as they can be while in hospital, they’re likely to improve at a faster rate and go home sooner.

Before I set out to write this post I’d intended to include the names of my doctors and put some brief descriptions of the floor people that took care of me but I’ve changed my mind.  I will include the doctors because they’re public figures already but the people of the 4th floor that took care of the patient in 429 from 8/15 through 8/28 will know who I’m talking about.  Besides, they’ll receive some extra thanks in a couple of days.

My ENT who stuck me in here (hey, it’s better than developing meningitis) Dr. Lav Kapadia

The ID doctors who kept an eye on my case and rotated my anti-b’s regularly, Dr’s Hardy and Hobratsch.

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Michael Harrison

Husband, Programmer, Irish dancer, tinkerer, astronomer, layabout (as much as possible)

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