November 27, 2008
Visitation and funeral services are typically a reunion, too.
Pam and I made a trip to Hamilton, Ala., Wednesday night of last week due to a death. My cousin Gerald Burleson died at age 66. He had suffered through various health-related problems over the years. He battled and battled.
Close to Nowhere
I am blessed
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we count our blessings (and name them, one by one).
Even though most of us have suffered setbacks and had trials and tribulations during the past year, we have also been blessed.
I am thankful, and I count them, one by one.
‘Santa with a pumpkin, riding a broom’
Several weeks ago, after I noticed the large artificial tree at Wal-Mart and heard carols playing at the mall, I knew that Thanksgiving must be near. As someone said, it will not be long before we see Santa with a pumpkin, riding on a broom. This all has to do with the fact that the celebration of our Lord’s birth, which is a religious matter, has come into an uneasy conjunction with the major household purchasing season, which is, of course, a commercial enterprise.
Letter To The Editor
Thanks to Alliance:
Recently my 91-year-old father fell and fractured his arm. He then developed delirium; his care required 24 hour monitoring. My sons and I were exhausted and distressed by his rapidly deteriorating condition.
In desperation, I phoned various health care agencies and nursing homes in our Marshall County area seeking assistance. Eventually, I was referred to Karee Heath, community relations co-ordinator, at the Alliance Hospital Senior CareCenter in Holly Springs.
Via phone, Ms. Heath asked a few pertinent questions regarding my father’s condition. She said he qualified for admission to the Senior Care Center; and a bed was available. She advised me to bring my father to the emergency room for an evaluation and admission.
There was no wait. My father was promptly and courteously assessed by the emergency room staff. Ms. Heath personally welcomed us and escorted us to the Senior Care Center.
Shortly thereafter, my father developed pneumonia and was transferred to the medical unit on the third floor under the excellent care of Dr. Kenneth Williams and his staff.
This was my first experience with Alliance Health Care; and I was not aware of the Senior Care Center. The center’s goal is to evaluate, treat and make recommendations for the care of the elderly who develop sudden behavioral changes, dementia, Alzheimer’s etc.
This is a wonderful resource for the community. I include their website for more information: alliancehealth.us
Presently, Dr. Williams and his team of professionals are trying to procure funds to build a new hospital to be located next to the new Williams Clinic just northwest of the Hwy. 78 and Hwy. 7 interchange. As a nurse and a consumer, I strongly urge the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, the medical community in our area, specifically, the Byhalia Family Health Center of NEMHC., Inc. (where my father received his primary care) and all the citizens of Marshall County to support this worthy endeavor.
In the meantime, be assured that any healthcare need, whether emergency or medical, can be professionally and promptly received at the Alliance Health Care hospital, located on Hwy. 4 E., 662-252-1212.
Thank you to the entire team at Alliance. You are an asset to this community.
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