Stories from Doctor’s Day 2017
In late January, my grandfather was brought to the ED with lethal Co2 levels. Dr. Mederos was the physician managing his care that evening. After viewing the results of his ABG, he shook his head and was faced with the "call the family in" talk. He explained that my grandfather would pass away at any time, but he was honest in saying that it may be before morning. My Grandmother was at his side, and Dr. Mederos took the time to explain, comfort, and answer every question that she had. I remember my grandmother hugging him and saying "thank you so much for all of the time that you've spent with us. I've never had another doctor take the time to sit with us and explain everything the way that you did." It was 1820 and Dr. Mederos' shift was ending at 1900. About 1930, my Granddad became conscious, was talking, and it was pretty obvious that he wasn't going to pass anytime soon. We all said "Dr. Mederos is never going to believe that you are still with us." Sure enough, I saw him in the IMCU about 2 days later. He stopped me in the hallway in shock that my Granddad had pulled through. He told me that he'd looked for me in the hospital to check on my granddad and talk to me. He said he still keeps his ABG in his pocket to show students the rather impressive numbers. My family was so impressed with the compassion that Dr. Mederos showed when we were expecting a bad outcome.
Dr. Mederos was the hospitalist on call when my father-in-law was admitted with a massive GI bleed to the ICU. Dr. Mederos took excellent care of him and always took time to talk with him and each of us in the room to make sure we understood fully the plan of care. He was available for any questions. We just want to let folks know that Dr. Mederos did such a fine job of managing his care and treatment during that time. Several physicians were consulted and helpful, but Dr. Mederos was by far the one that stood out to us as being the most considerate, passionate and helpful.
Dr. Mederos took the time to explain my diagnosis to me and tried to find ways that would keep me out of the hospital. He was very compassionate and caring. He took the time to calm my fears.