Let me introduce some of our fav’s here at EL HOSPITAL. Since we have long moved in, we are well acquainted with the people that work here.
First let’s start with our Favorite Nurses… well let’s be honest we have loved them all except a few ;-) Many of the nurses are my age and we have a lot in common. A couple weeks ago, we were all reading the twilight series and had to talk about it during all their shifts. Candice, Brooke and I got into trouble for “talking at the nurses station” Some nurses are a wee territorial of their espace. Of course I can’t remember back to the NICU days, but there have been some fabulous nurses that have made this experience much more enjoyable. We love Terese, Candice, Brooke, Fiona, Jenn, Ian, Jana, Becky, Kristen, Sara, Maggie, Denise, Michael, Sol,Vanessa and many many more…we have had over 50 nurses- Thank you nurses!
Dr. Boucek (far left) is Mia’s transplant Cardiologist and is a wonderful man. He is always very calm and takes time helping me understand every little thing. Mia’s condition changes from day to day, and he makes sure I am on board with her treatments. He also values my opinion in all of her care, which makes me feel great, yet a little bit uncertain. Last week I went down to meet a mother of a girl who had a transplant and Dr. Boucek was spinning her around in a chair. He is like a grandpa to all.
Dr. Baden (center) is our favorite attending here in the CICU. All of the attendings are great- really they are. Dr. Baden is always friendly and genuinely concerned for his patients. We love Dr. Baden! When we were on the news he came into our room and watched the news with us. Too bad I was crying in the broadcast. They caught me on a rough day. I love the doctors that care about us as a family!
There are also many Cardiac ICU fellows that we have grown to love. This is Jerry (far right)- he actually used to be an attending, but went back to become a cardiac fellow. The fellows are the people in charge when the attendings aren’t around. It has been interesting learning about ICU hierarchy.
Ray- he is the guy who runs the grill. (no pic yet) He is always friendly. My favorite thing about Ray is that he is always singing to himself. He is usually singing an Airsuply song, but I have heard him mix it up with a little REO Speedwagon. We have been on a first name basis for awhile now. My name is “gardenburger on wheat? ” This is how he always greets me.
Mimi- She is our favorite greeter. For obvious reasons! She is super sweet and always asks how I’m doing.
All of the ICU desk ladies- and Jim. We have to wait for them to ask the nurses if we can go back into her room. Some of them have stopped calling back. That is a true sign that we have been here TOO LONG! They are always friendly, and gracious about transferring calls back. I feel bad having my own answering service. If only I could use my cell phone in the ICU. When I leave I will have to do something fancy for them for how much they do for me. Don’t let this detour you from calling- I spend all of my time in here and love phone calls.
Pam, Jason, and Kelly are the transplant coordinators. I don't think there are three nicer people on the planet. Honestly, they are always smiling! I guess if you were the ones coordinating childrens lives being saved it would be difficult not to smile. Someday I would like to have their job- even if it was just for a day.
Hopefully soon I will be doing a post about her TRANSPLANT SURGEON. I know who they are, but I don't know them very well. My heart starts beating fast when I see them because they get the call if there is a heart for Mia. One day, they will come in and tell me that the wait is over.