In response to the many negative newspaper articles and letters to the editor about the Veterans Administration, I feel compelled to present a positive experience.
I entered the VA through the emergency department with an unknown illness and spent the next eight months in various ICUs. I had many major surgeries, including a liver transplant, bile duct reconstruction and more. I was paralyzed from head to toe for several months, which required intense physical therapy.
My kidneys failed and I am still having dialysis three times a week. I had numerous infections, some of which had no known effective antibiotic. However, due to the vigilant, expert care and heartfelt caring from the VA staff, I was able to be discharged and attend my son’s high school graduation.
There are not enough words to say thanks to the surgeons, specialist doctors, nurses, aides, physical therapists, technicians — all those who had a part in my care and recovery.
They still care about my well-being nearly five years later when I chance to meet one of them. I just want people to know about the skilled professionals who care for the patients at the VA.