The Norman Transcript


September 24, 2012

Hospital experience was good

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

On Aug. 2, I managed to step off a step and bust my butt. More accurately, I broke my right hip about as much as one can be broken.

For my friends and detractors, let me say I was stone-cold sober as a judge, as a judge should be, but just screwed up.

While two of my sons arrived to help me up (after I sat on the sidewalk for about 20 minutes), it was decided that while one son was a qualified EMT, we needed to call in the pros from Dover. 911 and a few minutes later, I had a lot more attention than desired.

All those folks were great, performed professionally, were friendly and were as cheerful as the situation warranted.

On to Norman Regional Hospital, the Porter campus. My relationship with NRH goes back 69 years, when they were closed down and I was transported in Dr. Jim Haddock’s car, in my mother’s womb, to Polytechnic Hospital in Oklahoma City for my arrival. Since then, any rat-stompings we’ve had were over bills. 

I spent 14 days in the hospital, where I was treated with the utmost dignity by friendly doctors, nurses, physical techs and many others. I didn’t enjoy the experience, but those folks made it much more bearable and, sometimes, fun.

I rescheduled an arteriogram from Aug. 13 to Sept. 20, where I found myself at the Tecumseh Road campus. Got there at about noon, and things went like clockwork until they turned me out about 6 p.m. Doctors, nurses, techs and other support personnel were helpful and friendly and made an otherwise non-enjoyable experience more than bearable. Oh, and the results were good.

Lots of folks have stories about their hospital stays, whether in Norman or elsewhere, which are less than fun to hear. As I said earlier, I have a few as well. But my experience of the last few weeks has been very good, and I thank those folks in the Norman health care community for that.

Mike McDanel


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