It’s Oscar time. Do you recall some of those acceptance speeches? Winners, I’ve heard, aren’t supposed to speak more than 45 seconds.
I thought about this due to a recent “win” of my own. In my case there were so many people working in the background to assure my victory, I figured the music would start playing before I’d get through half the names on my list.
My award is for a little drama entitled, “The Road to Recovery.” Hillary once said, when it comes to rearing children, ”It takes a village.” The same could be said of all those who help you recover from a traumatic health event. I rarely got last names of the many I encountered, so for my “recovery acceptance speech,” I’ll just use first names. That being said, here is Sharon’s acceptance speech:
“Oh my God, I can’t believe this. I won! There are so many people to thank. First of all, I have to thank my directors. Yep, most people have 1 director, I had 2. Dr. Rosa Garcia and Dr. Ramon Quesada, without whom recovery might not have been possible. Then there is my Emergency Room RN, Johanna. She assured me that while the diagnosis was not what I wanted to hear, recovery was more than likely.
“Thank you to Lauren an RN, who replaced Johanna as shifts changed in the ER. While readying me for a trip to the Cath Lab, Lauren continued to give me assurance. It was about this time I met Samuel, a Cardiac transport worker. What can I say about Samuel? I was clearly distressed so he started a conversation. ‘Who is your cardiologist?’ When I said it was Dr. Quesada, he said, ‘Wow, you’re lucky, he’s outstanding.’
“In the Cath Lab, thank you to Peggy, an RN whose sense of humor and uplifting personality were so helpful. Thank you to Patty an RN, who explained that while I would be awake for the procedure, all would be OK. Then she gave me an intravenous ‘cocktail.’ There were so many others in the lab busy preparing for the cath. Someone introduced me to a ‘pizza board’ (well that’s what they called it) and soon the procedure was over.
“Thank you to Juan an RN who found extra blankets — I was freezing. He and Samuel took me to my room. More relaxed, I heard Samuel saying, ‘See, I told you everything would be OK.’
(music starts playing)
“OK, OK. Let me finish. I didn’t think directors would visit you early in the morning, but there was Dr. Garcia the next morning.
“For the next couple of days, I was surrounded by so many caring people. Brittney my RN, who put up with my incessant questions (what can I say, I’m a Type A personality and a control freak as well). Monica, Ashley, Fernando, Abigail and Cachaundra all monitored my blood pressure and EKG, every few hours. An especial shout out to Abigail, who I scared half to death when she came to take blood in the middle of the night. I awoke with such a start, I almost hit her. Thanks also to Tammy from Housekeeping who was so cheerful and genuinely happy at my improvement
“Thank you to David and Lina from Cardiac Rehab who took me for short strolls around the floor and explained just what Cardiac Rehab was, and what to expect once enrolled in the program.
(music gets a little louder)
“Wait a minute guys. Don’t you realize I might not be here if it weren’t for these folks?
“Thanks to Mike who brought me food (which actually tasted good) and thanks to the unseen folks who prepared it as well. Thank you to the people in the various labs that I never saw, but monitored my health constantly.
“Finally to the Producers, Baptist Hospital. I have no idea how you acquired such a fantastic team — each had a combination of professionalism and empathy that was to say the least, outstanding. Somehow you did. I’m sure I’m forgetting some names, so please forgive my lack of memory. Thank you all.”