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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.

Frances Lear

A new perspective: from worker to patient

May 04, 2015

Michael Reesick“I was very lucky.” Michael Reesick describes the pains he was experiencing when having his heart attack while standing in the room in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) that he was treated in September.  

When Michael Reesick, Stores Attendant, Misericordia Community Hospital, began to feel pangs in his heart as he was walking across the hospital parking lot, it didn’t occur to him to go to the emergency room, or, that in just a few short days his coworkers would save his life.

Michael had suffered a heart attack. Not realizing it at the time he continued his regular routine for nearly a week while managing symptoms which included: severe chest pain and tingling sensations in his arms.

Eventually, upon the advice of the nursing staff on a unit he delivered supplies to, Michael went to the Misericordia emergency department.

ReesickPhotoMichael was so moved by the compassionate care he received and is sharing his story through a penned a letter to his co-workers, thanking them for saving his life.

“I told the nurses a hypothetical situation about a guy who was having the symptoms I was having, and asked what he should do… They told me in no uncertain terms to go to emergency.” It was a good thing Michael did.

Misericordia staff immediately got him into the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute where they found a 90 per cent blockage in Michael’s heart and did an angioplasty. “I was very lucky,” remarks the 12-year employee of Covenant Health, who noted that in these situations, “…you turn yourself over to whatever higher power you subscribe to.”

He explains the feeling he had while lying in a hospital bed in the same unit he had just delivered medical supplies to a week prior. From this new perspective, he describes the Coronary Care unit at the Misericordia as, “an island of tranquility, a place of healing. Their concern is genuine and their abilities stand right out.” 

A recording of Michael reading excerpts of his letter...

A copy of the letter...

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