Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Vertigo: A feeling that you or what’s around you is moving when there is no actual movement. Severe vertigo occurs when the feeling continues even when lying down.

Sharon Barnhart, 62, describes her experience as “being already seasick then going on Amusement Park rides.”

Not fun.

It was just such a feeling that landed this Greencastle, PA, grandmother in Chambersburg Hospital’s Emergency Department in the middle of the night on May 13th.

“I was sleeping and it just woke me up,” said Sharon. “I made my way down the stairs to the bathroom but it just got worse. I was dizzy and very sick. I felt all weavy-wobbly!”

Sharon had vertigo before and even kept medication in her bathroom to help the symptoms.

“I took my ‘dizzy pills’ and went back upstairs,” Sharon remembers. “But this time it didn’t go away - it got worse.” Her eyes wouldn’t focus. “My eyes were blurry and swirling – it was like they had a mind of their own,” Sharon said.

Sharon told her husband David something was wrong. He called an ambulance and Sharon was rushed to Chambersburg Hospital.

A battery of tests ruled out the biggest fear - a stroke. Sharon was admitted for further care and transported to room 1127 where Hospitalist Physician Dr. Dany Morel took over her case.

“Everyone was wonderful. I don’t think your nurses and doctors hear it enough. From the ED and on the floor where I stayed everyone who cared for me did a great job.” - Sharon Barnhart

Sharon is a long-time fan of Chambersburg Hospital. She was so impressed with the care she received in May that she decided to place a call the Grateful Patient Program to say thanks.

Sharon had a long list of people to thank:

  • Physicians - Dr. Bush and Dr. Morel
  • CNA who transported her to tests - Dan
  • Nurses - Patti, Kinsey, Stacy, and Amber
  • Respiratory therapists - Bill, Brenda and Cheryl

And, everyone who played a role in taking care of Sharon to make sure her experience was first-rate. Doctor Morel and the others appreciated her kindness.

“Patients come to the hospital with a common denominator- they are anxious and they have many fears...if we can somehow alleviate or ease that sense we are starting on the right foot," Dr. Morel said.

Sharon and her family are grateful to all of her caregivers.

“They were marvelous!” Sharon says.

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