About a month ago, I was taken from the CCU at the Merrimac Holy Family
Hospital; where I was taken after suffering from life threatening problems
that put my life into severe jeopardy. I was experiencing pneumonia, which
caused sepsis. I was severely anemic, dehydrated, my BP was extremely low,
and my kidneys were shutting down. Once I was thought to be out of danger,
a week later - I was taken to the Rehab at the Merrimack Valley Health Ctr.
in Amesbury, Ma. to help me continue getting better, and assist me with my
other issues of fibromyalgia and chronic back pain, due to degenerative disk
I just wanted to go home, and when I arrived at the Merrimack Valley Health
Ctr. I was not a happy camper. I am a person, who found it hard to accept
help from others, although I was one who strived to help everyone else all my life. Right from the very start, the incredible nurses, cna(s) rehab folks,
and even the maintence crew began to settle me down, alleviating all my
fears. They showed me kindness and respect, inspite of my incontinence
issues; reassuring me, and cheering me on until I comfortably accepted
their willingly given help. I spent a week there, surrounded by the most caring dedicated crew I have ever met in my life. It is through their caring, hard work making sure that I was able to pass all the goals they set,to return home !
The food I received was delicious, the cleanliness was great. I even had a
chance to see some of the entertainment there, provided by volunteers. The
whole experience there in the rehab section- first floor- was simply the best !
I have spent many years watching family members and friends going through
rehab, and in nursing homes, and could only wish they could have experienced the quality here.
Thank you. Sandy Von Allgeier - Merrimac, Ma.