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Thanks To Local Medical System

September 24, 2018

Editor: I want to commend and publicly thank a local medical system that helped me survive a true health crisis. On July 21, I was transported by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley, where the physicians, after a lumbar puncture test, diagnosed me with Guillain Barre Syndrome. When I was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, I could neither stand nor use my hands. I had great difficulty in speaking and swallowing. Hour by hour, my respiratory distress increased. With days of intravenous medication and the skillful care of multiple doctors and a very dedicated nursing staff, I was stabilized in eight days and could be moved to Geisinger South’s Rehabilitation Unit. When I arrived on the third floor of the Geisinger South Hospital, I would not walk or even hold a fork. My secret fear was that I would never recover; little did I know that my doctor, therapists and nurses had a very different and very optimistic game plan for me. With three hours of therapy, six days a week and 24-hour nursing care, I walked out of the hospital (with my walker) just 3½ weeks later. I have told my family and my friends, and will continue to tell everyone that the Geisinger system saved my life; I always add that the “miracle” staff in the “miracle” gym enables the lame to walk. Finally, I must say that in my almost 70 years, I have met may people; I have, however, never met, until now, an entire group of people with such exceptional expertise and genuine compassion. Jacob Lisman Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief, retired MOUNTAIN TOP

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