I have had a life-long relationship with both the Grey Nuns and Misericordia hospitals, as they have played a huge, life-saving role for me at several points in my life.
In 1988, I was just nine years old and living in Mill Woods at the time. One night, I woke up with severe abdominal pain and was taken to the ER by my mother, thinking it might be appendicitis. However, the hardworking doctors had discovered I had a coconut-sized dermoid tumour on my right ovary that needed to be removed.
At nine years of age, I didn’t even know what an ovary was and was more than a little scared. However, the staff at the Grey Nuns, that included some of the nicest nurses ever, took great care of me and made my eight-day stay in the hospital very comfortable.
In 2015, I was admitted to the Misericordia hospital where I received an ultrasound looking for a kidney stone but had discovered my left ovary had grown a tumour like I had when I was a child.
I was in unbearable pain, but again, it was the amazing Covenant Health staff who helped put me at ease and played a huge part in my recovery. The surgeon who was on-call that weekend, Dr. Uretsky, was incredible and from the moment I had met him, I knew I was in good hands.
He was reassuring and promised I’d feel a million times better after I woke up. Dr. Uretsky went above and beyond with a bedside manner and a level of attentive care that blew me away as I recovered from my surgery. His focus on aftercare was so helpful for me, even providing me with a referral to my current family doctor to help me with mental health support.
The Grey Nuns staff were also there for me in March 2020, saving my life when I experienced a severe asthma attack that required resuscitation by paramedics after I lost consciousness and suffered a slight heart attack. It was one of the scariest times in my entire life and I am so grateful for all the first responders and frontline staff at the Grey Nuns ER who are nothing short of heroes.
I am so thankful to both of these hospitals for everything they have done for me and my family.