I awoke Tuesday with a drain in my side and no appendix. By Friday, I was also down one leather jacket. I had changed rooms twice since my surgery and forgotten I had even had the jacket when I arrived at the hospital. A check the following Monday yielded sympathy from staff, but no leather jacket.
But who am I to complain when I had just survived what can be a life-threatening condition? A month previously, I had embarked on a marathon cross-country business trip. To have this happen when I had safely returned home, a block from my doctor's office, has to qualify as a blessing.
My care at the hospital was attentive and responsive. I am so impressed by what nurses accomplish day after day, night after night. I was one of the younger patients on the floor, and some there naturally had much graver conditions than mine.
Although I've often advocated for patients, something about being near them and their suffering makes me open anew to their experiences and needs.
Thoughts on Tech
At Alameda Hospital, technology is present but not omnipresent. The 281-bed hospital, which sports 100 acute care beds, 35 sub acute beds, and 146 skilled nursing facility beds, recently became part of the Alameda Health System, a major public healthcare provider in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.