I was browsing through Sacramento Magazine while drinking my coffee this morning and who did I see in the medical ads section? The guy who gave me the popsicle, aka: the black Vincent D'Onofrio.
Ok, maybe that's a little harsh; I mean, I'm doing very well and so far I would consider the procedure to be a success (the jury will remain out until we can determine how much of my former mobility I'll actually get back but it's looking good so far.) I also have heard great things about this man from other people who supposedly know. So, credit where credit is due.
Anyway, it was just weird to be flipping through and to have his face smiling out of the pages at me. I wonder if that's one of my x-rays he has on the wall beside him? Perhaps my hip is.... famous!?
In other news, I guess Sacramento isn't the ghetto of medical options that I imagined it to be. The hospital where I had my surgery done, Mercy San Juan, was (for the 2nd year in a row) named one of the Top 100 Hospitals by Thomson Healthcare, who has been doing their annual survey for 15 years. It was "the only California hospital listed in the “large community hospital” category" - whatever that means. Inclusion in the Top 100 means that a hospital has high survival rates, keeps more patients complication-free (hello! blood popsicle and numb woowoo!) and attracts more patients – all while maintaining financial stability.
Well, whooda thunkit? Little ole Sacramento.
I can tell you one thing they can't have taken into consideration: PARKING. Parking is a nightmare at MSJ. They're expanding the hospital and the construction has taken up a lot of the regular parking spots. For my surgery we had to valet the car because it's just about the only way to get parked in less than an hour. It's also one of the reasons why Mr. James was 45 minutes late for my procedure - I don't think the surgeons/staff can use the valet so I think they have to park off-site and be shuttled in. Cripes; that's great in an emergency.