Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Competent treatment saved my life

We are so blessed in our valley with talented and dedicated people—entrepreneurs, mentors and medical professionals. On Friday afternoon I got to experience the best of all three. After attending a dynamic workshop with lunch, I ate a small cracker that contained an ingredient that I am highly allergic to. I knew almost instantly I was in trouble. I ate the cracker at 1:10 p.m., injected with the Epi Pen at 1:13 p.m., and was at the hospital by 1:20 p.m. Yet it took nearly another hour and significant medical assistance to stabilize the anaphylaxis reaction. It is so important to act quickly, not try and minimize the early signs and get help immediately.

To Dr. Jima Rice, it may be a Ph.D, but your calm during my crisis was just what I needed—thank you for administering my Epi Pen. To the staff at St. Luke's, especially Dr. Sivertson, nurses Joyce and Tosha, you guys rock! Your quiet efficiency in assessing my condition, the quick administration of needed drugs and the valuable information you gave in case of future events was truly life saving. Thank you seems so inadequate. I will check ingredients first, ask more questions, continue to carry my Epi Pen and promise if it happens again to accept the ride.

Gini Ballou


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