Patricia Volonakis Davis
Read her (life saving) story, it may come back to you when you need it!
The amazing Patricia and her (wowza!) son Niko
I followed her advice and sent my husband to repeatedly "bother" the nurse until they understood what I was telling them. As soon as they understood, there was a team of people working on me to get the bleeding stopped, I was taken back to OR to get things squared away. Now I am recovering quite nicely.
I looked up the blog post that had been in my mind as that was all happening and re-read it. Her story could have been mine if the situation had gone unchecked. (But with as dramatic as things got, that seems unlikely.) I'm just REALLY REALLY grateful today for a great team of Doctors at UVA and people who were able to be there when I needed them.
I don't share this story to scare anyone. Fear is of little use in times of crisis, when I was in the middle of the situation I can honestly tell you that I had no fear at all. I knew the doctors would figure it out, I knew my faith and trust was in Jesus. I also knew I needed to do my part by speaking up, by being a bother! In the end, we are all our own *Primary* health care providers, *WE* are the ones who have to speak up when we feel things going wrong. Then sometimes we need to let go and let ourselves be taken care of.
I am very grateful today. My story may be a tiny bit similar to Patricia's, but on the other hand mine was caught right away. I didn't have nearly the blood loss that she did, I am only a tiny bit anemic and I am recovering steadily. Four days later I am really doing quite well! I am very grateful indeed.
Being PROACTIVE (and a bother) and perhaps even impatient,
(But alive and kickin)