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By: Sandy V.
Fort Sanders Foundation
I went in for a hysterectomy on May 13th. My surgery went well as a knew it would because I have a wonderful Doctor. After my surgery I was supposed to be administered a PCA of morphine for the pain, my doctor put the order in before she even started the surgery, but when I got to recovery all they did was give me a shot and send me to my room. After an hour of pain they gave me a pill and when asked about the PCA , said they would check the order. After another hour or so and no more pain pills the pharmacist came in and asked my husband some questions, as I was unable to answer any because of the pain. After another hour and my husband and mother giving me back rubs to help with that pain. I finally called my doctor crying. She called furious that I had not been given any pain medication and after 4 1/2 hours of being in pain I was given the PCA. it took another hour to make the pain manageable. I will not be going to this hospital again.
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By: Jacqueline M.
Fort Sanders Foundation
Uncle has a stroke at Shoneys, ambulance got him to the hospital and in surgery with in an hour.. He had a clot as big as a fifty cent piece.. And doing great !!!
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