This is an open letter to the ER staff and the CICU personnel at Pomona
Hospital Medical Center in Pomona California and the Los Angeles Fire
Department who responded to The Best Western Motel on the morning of September
My wife Donna and I were on a road trip and stayed the night in Rowland
Heights on September 21, 2010. At 1am on September 22nd I awoke unable
to talk and move my left side. My wife called 911 immediately and the
Los Angeles Fire Department and their personnel were there in minutes.
The next thing I knew I was at the ER room at Pomona Hospital Medical
Center and a whole team of professionals were working on me. Not one minute
was wasted in evaluating me. The god Lord was on my side and put me in
a place where efficiency and compassion walked hand in hand. To Jo Jo
I say yes, I will always remember your name. You were beside me the whole
time and were extremely kind to my worried wife during my evaluation.
I would also like to mention Karen Tse-Chang for her help co-coordinating
my care in CICU right up to my release. It turned out I didn’t have
a bleed and was a candidate for a tPA injection. Under the right circumstances
this is truly a miracle drug and I am still here to prove that thanks
to the quick action of all the ER staff.
After the care in the ER I was transferred to CICU and again received
the best care a patient could ask for. The nursing staff was excellent
and I was treated with the utmost compassion and caring that far surpasses
just doing a job. To all who watched over me for the next two days I say
“Thank You”. You all are a credit to your profession and will
remain in a very special place in my heart.
I have reached a new opinion on life in general and have come to the conclusion
there are a whole lot more wonderful people out there than bad. I suppose
a near death experience will do that to some but I can truly say I am
not the same person that I was before the stroke. I have you all to thank
for this change. You are all a credit to your profession. I believe the
good Lord put me exactly where I needed to be and you all were His right
hand. Thank you all so much for being there for me from my wife and I.
Thanks to all of you we are back in our country home in West Virginia
and it never looked so good!