Inside the Doors of Mayo Clinic
As soon as we entered through the doors at Mayo Clinic, we felt peace and hope. We had never experienced anything like the atmosphere and the love and care we felt when we arrived.
When we turned the car onto the campus we felt peace. We saw beautiful landscaping with trees and flowers and water fountains as we drove onto the campus. We drove right up to the building we needed to check into.
Faith – Hope – science
As we pulled up to the doors, men stepped forward and helped me from the car into a wheelchair, if needed. Yes, I did need a wheelchair at that first visit. Other men, offered to park the car for us so that my husband and I would not be apart for even a moment.
As we entered the building, caring people directed us to wherever we needed to go. They helped checked us in and find our way to our doctor. I hear that at the Home campus in Minneapolis, a live pianist keeps the atmosphere peaceful.
We had never experienced anything like this at any other medical facility. The doctor spent all the time we needed as we shared with him our story. We returned home to wait fo scheduling.
There would be a four-month wait to be scheduled for more testing and visit 5 different specialists. We returned for a three-day stay for lots of testing and visiting with these doctors. This was the week that really impressed us.
First, we went for blood labs. We entered a large room like a small auditorium. I may have had about 150 seats for patients waiting to get blood labs done. My first thought was. “We’re going to be here awhile.” So we sat down to wait for our turn.
Across the front of the room was ten or so doors. Every few moments a technician would appear in one of the doors and call out a name. Amazing to see that people came from all around the world to find answers at Mayo Clinic. Within 10-15 minutes, my name was called and I followed them to a long row of stations where people were having blood drawn. And again, I never experienced such ease at sticking me and drawing blood. (This first time, 16 vials of blood were drawn) I asked her if she was going to leave any blood for me. 🙂
Day 2 & 3
The next morning all the labs were back and we began visiting doctors and having other types of tests. Everyone we dealt with was so understanding and compassionate. Every doctor was amazing. By the end of day 3, we had diagnosis and orders for therapy and medications. We have continued to visit the Rheumatology department and the pain clinic since that week in 2012. We always feel as though we are the only one that matters. Care and concern are of most importance to them. We always go in the doors with hope and back out the doors encouraged.
At the end of that week of appointments, I received my diagnosis – Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS) with indications of fibromyalgia, chronic pain syndrome, and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. In other words, I have a lot of pain. The doctor gave us orders for medication and therapy to be administered in our hometown.
Ken Burns’ Documentary
Ken Burns just released a documentary about the history and philosophy of Dr. W W Mayo and his two sons since the beginning in 1883. If you see this advertised on PBS again, take the time to watch it. Everything they say, we have found to be the truth.
This is how health care ought to be done.
Learn more about my Journey with Chronic Pain at “Waiting and Trusting” on my personal page.
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Writer/Speaker sharing about how to make it through anything. I married a pastor with two boys who just lost their mom, I homeschooled my own children, led children’s ministries and women’s ministries in the church, and founded and led a homeschool support group. Had to give up much of this due to chronic pain. Like the Insurance, I know a lot because I’ve seen a lot.