For many individuals, getting a check-up at the doctor is just a run of the mill activity. For MCPN patient Michael Carter, a doctor’s visit saved his life. During Michael’s first visit with MCPN, his provider Mari walked into the room and immediately knew something was very wrong.
“The instant Mari walked in the room she said, ‘you have every classic sign of diabetic ketoacidosis and I need you to go the ER tonight,’” Michael remembered.
乐动体育官方网站Ketoacidosis is a serious complication associated with diabetes. It occurs when a diabetic’s body can’t produce enough insulin. When left untreated, it can lead to stroke, heart attack, diabetic coma, and even death.
Michael had suspected something was wrong so he wasn’t surprised by the diagnosis. However he was disheartened by the fact that he had been seeing a doctor outside of MCPN for months that didn’t identify his serious condition.
“The last time I saw her [his previous provider] was when the onset of ketoacidosis was obvious,” Michael described. “She didn’t see it… she sat opposite of me, staring only at her computer screen. She wasn’t hearing me.”
Desperate to have his health needs addressed, he made an appointment with MCPN.
“Imagine the contrast of coming down here and the instant that Mari walked in, she understood precisely what was happening and the gravity of it,” Michael said.
Given how Michael was treated by previous healthcare professionals, coming to MCPN and finding a provider who truly cares about him was a remarkable experience.
乐动体育官方网站“From the beginning I knew that Mari would work through this with me,” Michael shared. “It was obvious to me that she not only knew what she was talking about, but that she truly cared whether or not I was getting better… she treated me like a sentient human being.”
Michael noted that it wasn’t just Mari, but all of the staff at Englewood who treated him with kindness and respect. He believes that everyone deserves this type of healthcare, especially those who often get lost in America’s healthcare systems.
“I’ve been in the waiting room before and I’ve spoken with fellow patients,” said Michael. “It seems obvious to me that many of these people feel that they have been rejected by traditional healthcare outlets because of where they live or don’t live. So it’s important to come to a place like this and feel like our human dignity is recognized.”