APPENDICITIS I + II: Monday August 25, 2014


I experienced appendicitis twice – which is physically impossible anatomically except in the case of attempting 2 routes of healing. My first choice was to be treated by an intravenous deluge of antibiotics, as it was presented? sold? to me as an effective alternative to an appendectomy, appealed to my greatest fear (the profound invasion and alteration of my body) and, I knew how to repair my constitution following this therapy. Upon recovery, I became consumed with the creation of a document dedicated to the improvement of the patient experience in the area of abdominal conditions and surgeries. Based on my letter, I was invited to present my exhaustive holistic document of RECOMMENDATIONS to select management of the 14th Floor.

Approximately 6 weeks later, I sat in a play and began to experience familiar pain. 19 hours later, I was surrounded by lights and stainless steel, counting down from 10.

There is, in fact, a 3rd route of healing in the facing, and living through, of one’s greatest fear.

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Mr. Joseph Lebovic
Mount Sinai Hospital
Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex
600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X5

August 19, 2011

 

Dear Mr. Lebovic,

I wanted to tell you about my recent experience at Mount Sinai, having landed in an ambulance on my way to Emergency and then to the 14th floor with acute appendicitis, Monday August 1st.

A few hours after my arrival, Dr. V*. greeted me. I was relieved to be in the presence of her kindness and efficiency, as she made swift, accurate decisions to ensure that I received proper tests to determine my ailment. I was then visited by Dr. Q*. who provided a description of my condition and treatment options with respect, details, compassion and warmth so that I was able to understand my predicament and participate being well-informed. I am thankful that my condition did not suddenly worsen as I was in Emergency for approximately 8 hours.

The next morning I was happy to meet Dr. M*., Dr. M*. and the Team so that I could express that the antibiotic treatment had been very effective through the night. I was feeling so much better that I would like to share a few highlights of what I was able to achieve:

  • clean the bathroom,
  • hold a “clinic” on hospital corners for the summer student volunteers when they came to change my bedding,
  • provide comic relief and assistance to my room-mate as she walked the “lap” and,
  • shower in the “shower room”, careful not to disturb the mold.

While I have described these situations from a positive perspective, the impetus is founded in grave issues of Health & Safety that compromise the synergy of the patient’s healing process in concert with the dedication and care of great medical minds.

I know that this is not “news” to you, that your time is very sought-after and that budgets are always challenged. However, I request, with the greatest respect, a short meeting where I could discuss some ideas for the 14th floor that are based in holistic and innovative thinking, strategic partnerships and savvy entrepreneurship.

I feel that organizational, financial and conceptual challenges only present opportunities for positive advancement. Small steps = big changes.

 

Warm Regards,

 

Andrea Shewchuk

c.c. [*attending doctors names omitted for respect of privacy]

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