More than just a place to work
Parkview has always been a special and important home for me. I am proud to say that I have been a patient, volunteer, visitor, employee and even an alum of Thatcher Learning Center here at Parkview. When I look at my past experiences with the medical center, one particular event stands out the most.
On August 8, 2013, my fiancé, girlfriend at the time, was having high blood pressure, back pain and nausea and was admitted to Parkview after being seen in the Emergency Room. She was also 33 weeks pregnant with our daughter. Throughout the day, she was having issues with lowering her blood pressure and was kept in Labor and Delivery. She was finally discharged at 9:30 p.m. with everything under control.
Around 1:30 a.m. the next day, she woke up with unbearable back pain and was restless throughout the night. We went back to Parkview and she was admitted again to the Labor and Delivery unit. After having her blood being drawn and a few check-ins with the nurses on the floor, her doctor came in and explained to us that she was experiencing pre-eclampsia and her platelet blood count was in the thousands, when typically it should be between 150,000 to 450,000. Immediately after, he announced that we were having the baby TODAY and that we could not wait any longer, due to major complications not only for our daughter, but for my fiancé as well.
Baby Ari at 3lbs, 12oz
His team of nurses rushed the room to prep her for an emergency caesarean section surgery. Everything was happening so fast that I was just barely consuming the information the doctor provided to us earlier. I was in shock. It was very difficult to comprehend all that was happening in those moments.
At 8:11 a.m., the surgery was complete and without any complications, our daughter, Arianna Sophia Medina, was born at 3lbs, 12oz and 16in long. She had to stay in the NICU (Nursery Intensive Care Unit) for over two weeks and our care was phenomenal.
One of the nurses who took care of Arianna, Stephanie, was so helpful, kind and patient to us. We were struggling the two weeks our daughter was there because we weren’t able to take her home with us and be there with her at night. Stephanie continued to always reassure us that the time in the NICU will just fly by and when we look back at this part of our lives, it will just be a complete blur. She was definitely right.
I appreciated Stephanie, the staff and Parkview for being so accommodating and providing amazing service to my family. This is why I call Parkview my home. Anytime I step into the hospital as an employee, visitor or patient, I know one thing: they are always “Caring for You”.
Steve with his fiancé,Cassie, and baby girl, Ari