I was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer. On Thursday I had what could be considered a simple procedure. Everything appeared to flow correctly i.e procedure, post-op recovery of 2 days, move on with life.
Tuesday at approximately 2:30 AM I woke up to horrific cramps and excessive bleeding. My husband quickly took me to the ER room. Spent 12 hours there and was sent home not being told exactly what the diagnosis was. The following day I received an urgent message instructing me to stop everything, head back to the ER. 5 hours later I was informed that I must be admitted; I was not expecting this.
My first evening was surreal. Up to this point everyone that I had encountered has been very professional and kind. I then meet my day Nurse, Manuel. As soon as he entered the room, I felt calm and at ease. He had a huge smile on his face and was a bright ray of sunshine. He quickly brought himself up to speed on my case. I pointed out that my IV line had brown blood that had clogged. Up to this point I have had numerous needles with the multiple blood drawing and 2 other IV's. Manuel assessed the situation and said no, this is not true I can change it from here. This was music to my ears. I did not want to be poked again.
Throughout the day he kept visiting me about every 45 minutes to check-in on me. When he would see me walking the hallway, he would cheer me on. He mentioned that the best part of his day is when he sees one of his patients walk. This means that they are getting better. We discussed how the 80's had the best music ever, Bee Gees are the best! His son and I are both animal lovers, the weather, the food, etc. He introduced me to a fun way to take a shower with a special cap.
In such a stressful period in my life, overwhelmed with the whirlwind events that had I experienced over the last week. Manuel just made everything so much better. Very attentive, kind, caring, and informative. I made sure that he would be my nurse for the remainder of my stay. Should I ever have to go back to the hospital I hope he will be there again.