|Faye Walls - "I am thankful"
In September of 2009, Faye Walls and her family doctor
agreed it was time to proceed with a partial hysterectomy. After a meeting Dr. Richard Woodruff,
gynecologist, Faye received orders for her pre-surgery tests including a chest
x-ray. Much to her surprise, she would
soon have a change of plans.
"While waiting for the results and scheduling, I received a
phone call telling me I needed to see Dr. Stephen Hornak to discuss my chest
x-ray," Faye said. "He advised me that I
needed a stress test, because of something he observed on the x-ray."
Unfortunately, the stress test led to a heart catheterization
and the catheterization to a serious conversation with Dr. Hornak.
"I was told that my 'widow maker' and the artery next to it
were almost totally closed," said Faye.
She went on to say there was no warning of her condition. "I did awake, one morning, prior to the test,
and had a stiff neck. I dismissed it,
thinking it had gotten that way sleeping."
On October 22, Faye had double bypass surgery, performed by
Dr. John Kuhn - just one day after the catheterization. Faye appreciated Dr. Kuhn's positive bedside
manner. "I love him!" she said.
"I can honestly tell you, I do not remember having any pain
during my entire stay at Reid," Faye added.
"It seemed like (the staff) knew what I needed without me asking. They made me feel like my stay was the most
important thing they had to do."
Following her surgery, Faye proceeded to the rehabilitation
department where she exercised and followed a 12-week schedule for her
"The staff at Rehab was great," Faye said. "They showed, in their professionalism, that
they were concerned for my total recovery."
Nearly 19 months after Faye and her family physician made
the decision to proceed with a hysterectomy, she was strong enough to have the
Sharing that her brother and sister had both died at a young
age from heart attacks, Faye is thankful to the doctors and staff at Reid for
catching her heart problems in time.
"I'm proud to have Reid in my community!"
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