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My Amazing Experience at Florida Hospital in Orlando
I broke my leg on February 11th, 2014 by stepping off my back porch, which is 3 feet from the ground. And, I am not sharing details about the bumpy road of incompetence I endured on my painful journey; before I made it to Florida Hospital.
My surgery was on February 28th by the brilliant and talented Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. J. Dean Cole and his excellent staff. I thank God every day for Dr. Cole and Florida Hospital.
Dr. J. Dean Cole---My Orthopedic Surgeon
I had a “Right Tibia Plateau Fracture Open Reduction Internal Fixation by Dr. Cole on 2/28/2014.” He put a plate and two screws he invented in my knee, and I thank God for his genius mind and his desire to help others. I have learned a great lesson, which is---“Pay Attention” always look ahead and become aware where you are stepping and slow down---slowing down for a hyper-person had been difficult; until now.
Florida Hospital in Orlando and Dr. Cole gave me superior care before and after surgery. That is one reason they are the Best Hospital in Florida.
Past Hospital Experience
My worst fear was being in a hospital again and dealing with the attitudes, noise and lack of concern for the ones at the mercy of the doctors and nurses, in other words, been there and done that---not a good experience. However, I had faith that my God would be with me through it all no matter the negativity I had to endure.
The Risk of Blood Clots
My precious sister Paula and John her husband whom I’ve been blessed to have in my life took me to Orlando for my appointment on February 27th. Dr. Cole wanted me to come to Orlando on Wednesday the 26th---the day he viewed my referral information because he was worried about blood clots. Blood Clots kill more people each year that breast cancer, auto accidents and aids. My sister was working so I could not go on the 26th.
We arrived at 7:30 am at 2501 North Orange Avenue, my sister got a wheelchair for me, and I carefully stepped out of their UV into the chair. Since I had fallen twice on February 11th and made my bad break worse---I was very careful getting in and out of vehicles.
A Nurse's Kindness
We were early---so when we entered the hospital---the hall was vacant because we were on the doctors side of the hospital; and we looked a little lost I am sure. A nurse on her way to work stopped and asked if she could help us. She went up in the elevator with us and showed us Dr. Cole’s office. We were amazed at her kindness as we entered his office.
Meeting Dr. Cole
We were soon met by the person who took us to the surgery waiting area so Dr. Cole could view my x-rays and then talk with me. We waited until he finished his surgery because he was seeing me in between surgeries; as Thursday was scheduled for operations.
I was so impressed by his staff by this time that I felt I would like him. And, when he walked into the room we were waiting in; he was so polite, and told me what he would do for my leg. I have to say before he walked in my heart was pounding in dread, but I did not want my sister to know how I felt, so I kept a positive attitude. (But she knows me better than I know myself sometimes.)
He told us to register and they would take care of me from there. Registering was easy and quick---and we were told it would be hours before a bed was available as it was a heavy surgical day; I am sure this is common. But after meeting Dr. Cole and feeling secure that he would take care of me---I would gladly wait.
I feel meeting Dr. Cole and being his patient soared as one of the best blessings in my life. The people in this hospital are unbelievable as caring, kind and helpful. I recommend this hospital highly because you are not just a name in a room number---you are special and taken care of my nurses who are Angels.
To use up some time---we went to the Welch Cafeteria, on the first floor---which had a great selection. However, on our way there I suppose we were looking around as if we were lost, and again someone stopped and walked us to our destination. By this time I told my sister and brother-in-law there was more to this hospital that we knew about because I could feel the spirit of God everywhere as we travel through the people.
Not only did I see the physical beauty of the outside gardens with statues that depicted the essence of creation, but I felt the ones who worked inside had a calmness that only believing in God can bring one. It was such a joy to see the smiling faces, as we watched others as they showed their kindness in helping in different ways; while we quietly ate our food.
My Room #714
Finally, I was taken to a room # 1314 to have an EKG, blood extracted, BP taken, and other various routine tests. During this time I met more nice people. One Doctor was outstanding and his name was: Dr. Ramiro Zurita, and he asked me if I wanted to talk to or pray with a chaplain. I said “No thank you.” And, I suppose an explanation was fourth coming, but I was so tired my brain did not function at its normal hyper level. I hope he did not think badly of me. I did not feel the need to bother a chaplain, when I felt God’s presence and I had talked to him all day.
Next, I was taken to my room #714 and my sweet sister and brother-in-law were so tired I told them to get a hotel room for the night, but they wanted to travel the long distance back to North-West Florida and return in the morning. Suddenly, I was without my sister and as soon as they walked out my nurse for the night came in an introduced herself, and wrote her name on the board and told me what number to call if I needed her before she returned, she smiled as she started out the room and asked if I wanted my door closed and I said. “Yes.”
I thought the nurse’s station would be noisy as from my previous experience in other hospitals---but it was so quiet I fell asleep. My nurse or should I correctly say, “My Angel” returned to take care of my medical needs. In the day hours they came every hour to check on me and at night every two hours.
My Angel Nurses were: Chris, Dee (I was lucky to have Dee twice) Jessica, Kelly and Nicole; whom I cannot express in accolades extraordinary enough to honor their gentleness and excellent service. I saw their true spirits as they went about their work quietly---I am still amazed at their patience, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm with everyone. I will not be forgetting these Angels any time soon.
My Surgery---Friday Night
Dr. Cole and his staff of surgeons operated on my leg Friday night and were finished around 9:30 and I was happy to wake up with Dee as my nurse; a familiar face is reassuring when feeling completely helpless after surgery. Before, my surgery I prayed for Dr. Cole, his surgeons, nurses and the anesthesiologist. And, then---I said “I am yours Lord, whatever he planned for me --- I was not afraid.”
Dr. Cole came by early to check my leg and changed my bandage, with some of his staff. It blows my mind that he is everywhere. Could he have a twin brother? I am sure his gentle spirit and knowing when he should put things down and rest keeps him healthy and refreshed.
Amazing Dr. Cole and His Staff
Before I left the hospital Dr. Cole made arrangement with a Home Health Agency for a Nurse and Physical Therapist visits. And, I can tell you these people from Pinnacle Home Care are the greatest. Without Christy my nurse and the instructions from my physical therapists, Bruce and Katherine, I would still be lying in bed wondering what to do. My Florida Hospital physical therapists Bonnie and Ron were skillful at showing me exercises to do, I appreciate their lessons. And, the hospital also had a two-wheel walker delivered at my home for walking and balance therapy per Dr. Cole’s instructions.
I returned for my two week checkup visit, and Dr. Cole said my x-rays were perfect and that made my day. Now I have to work hard with strengthening my leg before my six weeks check-up. Then, I will need therapy to learn to walk again.
However, painful, exhausting and impatient I become over the next months, I will not complain. Because while waiting for my two week doctor’s appointment I saw what other had gone through after many surgeries; before they were referred to Dr. Cole. And, now they were able to walk again, or have use of their limbs after an accident. After hearing their experiences---I kept very quiet about my broken leg---hoping that no one would notice me. However, they wanted to know what happened to my leg so I told them.
An Internal Device for Limb Lengthening
Dr. Cole holds patents to more than a dozen surgical devices and invents therapy for his patients when there is none available to use. One of his popular inventions is the Intramedullary Skeletal Kinetic Distractor (ISKD) it is an internal device for limb lengthening. This device is the only one per my research that is approved by the FDA.
Last Appointment with Dr. Cole---June 11, 2014
June 11th was my last appointment with Dr. Cole at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Once again my dear sister Paula and her husband John drove me to an appointment.
After nine treatments at Nature Coast Rehabilitation I walked for Dr. Cole across the room. I believe he was as pleased about it as my sister and I. It had been a long journey and he secured the path for my recovery.
There are no words to express my appreciation for what he did for me and my family. He has helped many people and made their lives better. I know this because in his waiting room patients shared why each was there to see Dr. Cole. His work is praised by everyone and that is why he is famous. He makes every patient feel special when he makes his morning stops in every room on his floor.
Dr. Cole has the finest staff of surgeons, nurses, support staff and office personnel. It is apparent if you work for him---you are the best; the cream of the crop.
God Bless Dr. Cole and his staff and Florida Hospital in Orlando.
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