By Judy Reiss
I promise this is the last time I will tell you anything about my illness and episodes. But before I go, I want to tell you that the best thing that happened to me since I left the hospital (which was terrible), was the wonderful women from the visiting nurses of Washington County Home Health who came to care for me. I guess I knew about this group prior to having to use them, but I just didn’t know much about them. I can’t tell you how surprised I was at how wonderful they were. I was a little apprehensive when I left the hospital and was told that I needed to have care at home. And so, Washington County Visiting Nurses was my choice. The first day that Lynn arrived she was cheerful, fun, and an absolute professional. But instead of making me nervous and worried, she made me sure that everything was going to be alright. She told me what to do, and what not to do. She told me that either she, or one of her associates, would be back soon. And they were, several times a week until she assured me that I no longer needed their help.
Along with the visiting nurses, I also was able to have a physical therapist. Again I had been very apprehensive but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Actually, when Danielle Hampton walked in the door, I knew not only would we get along, but she would be exactly who I needed. Not only did she help me, she did so faster than I would have thought possible. She also discharged me and has worked not just with me, but with a physical therapist in the valley, who has been able to help me with all the issues that I left the hospital with.
Again, I’m not going to tell you about my unforeseen physical issues from this fall. But I want to make sure that you all know what a fabulous organization that is available to us in Washington county. They were easy to work with and make each visit a positive one. I was also given a tablet that spoke to me at ten o’clock. With this interaction, I was able to be sure that all my vital signs checked out on a daily basis.
I’m not sure I should say this, but the home health nurses and my little tablet gave me much easier care than the stressful time I spent at the hospital. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with them if needed. I know they made my life easier and I was able to recover in the comfort of my own home. I am not back to 100% yet, but I know I’m much better. I wish the visiting nurse and the physical therapist were available for longer, but I realize they are only able to come for a certain amount of time, but they sure worked for me for the limited amount of time they could come. I consider myself a very lucky woman to have had the opportunity to have them see me at all. I hope you all take the opportunity to heal with them also.