Letters to the Editor

Plateau fortunate to have great healthcare facilities

Aren’t the citizens of Enumclaw fortunate to have both St. Elizabeth Hospital and Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center in Enumclaw?

Who would have ever thought that I would see the day that I needed surgery and rehab therapy to get back on my feet?

The day arrived rather unexpectedly. Surgery? No dancing the rest of my life.

Total hip replacement surgery was performed Feb. 19 by Dr. Michael Miller and the wonderful staff of assistants at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

My short, three-day stay at the hospital went well. The nurses and therapists had me on my feet the day after surgery. Extensive therapy was next on the agenda. It was my wish to go to Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center. It certainly took the pressure off of my dear husband. Going out of town for such needed care would have added more stress than need be for him.

What a great choice both the hospital and rehab center in Enumclaw were. At both facilities, the staffs were friendly and encouraging, providing excellent nursing care.

At EH&RC, physical and occupational therapy was received six days a week. The therapists pushed me toward rapid recovery with concern and compassion. Getting in and out of a bathtub with a bum hip to take a shower is an art in itself. They taught me well.

There were meal choices for every meal. If neither of the two met your fancy, they would come up with an alternative.

A variety of different activities are planned daily. Included were ice cream socials, bingo, horse racing, bowling, various crafts, teas, song fests, movies, peanut butter social, chili social, wine and cheese, beer and pretzels and varied games. People even brought in pets to share. One day a class of grade school youngsters intermingled with patients helping with St. Patrick’s decorations. It was great to see them mingling and enjoying being around mostly elderly people.

Church services were provided on Sundays, Catholic Mass once a month, with some churches doing visits to their members during the week.

There was no excuse to be bored! Time passed quickly. They even provide a personal shopper for patients if needed. Weekly hair care is also available. Beauticians are assisted by some great volunteers.

I came home in less than three weeks and will have continued physical therapy for several more. Thank you to everyone who had a part in my surgery and recovery. I’ll be up dancing soon!

Dorothy A. Sleigh



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