"Without the care of Nurse Stephanie Mitchell, I might have had another stroke, or at a minimum, been back in the hospital Emergency Room (ER) within hours of release.
I was rushed to the ER by ambulance and then admitted at Lake Granbury Medical Center on Sunday, June 29, 2020. On Wednesday, July 1, I had a pacemaker implanted. Nurse Mitchell in the ICU was so kind and so thorough in her explanation of my medical care. It’s no surprise, I quickly trusted and genuinely liked her. She was respectful of my advanced age, but never condescending. Furthermore, she quickly realized and honored my deep Christian faith.
Within hours of my release and back home, my daughter noticed my very red cheeks. AS she sorted through the hospital release instructions, she also noticed there was no blood pressure medication listed (new, continuing, or stop medications). My daughter attempted to contact the surgeon and cardiac physicians through their on-call phone numbers without success during the July 4th holiday weekend. She tried to reach the hospital’s physician but was told that I was no longer under the hospital’s care. With increasing alarm, she called Nurse Mitchell in the ICU. Ms. Mitchell asked my daughter to take my blood pressure and waited on the phone for it. After reviewing my chart and medications, she agreed it was important to immediately give me the blood pressure medicine. Nurse Mitchell also insisted my daughter wait one hour and retake my blood pressure, call her back with the reading and how I was feeling, and instructed my daughter to call my doctor first thing the next morning. The blood pressure came down to an acceptable level. You can imagine at age 95 and after a four-day hospital stay, I was very relieved my blood pressure was under control and I was not going back to the ER. Nurse Mitchell was there for me!
For extraordinary duty as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unite of Lake Granbury Medical Center, I hereby nominate Stephanie Mitchell for a Daisy Award for her action above and beyond the call of duty. She probably saved my life!"