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Published on June 22, 2013

Doug Teckenbrock - Patient at Kishwaukee Hospital

Doug Teckenbrock wasn't feeling well. He had what he thought was a flu bug that was hard to shake. He had also noticed that the glands in his neck and underarm were hard and sore. Doug went to his regular doctor, Dr. Jamison Allen, who ran some routine blood work and sent Doug home. The following morning, the doctor's office called to inform Doug that some of his blood work came back suspicious and he needed to go to Kishwaukee Community Hospital right away for follow up testing.

Once admitted, Doug was moved into ICU because his condition was deteriorating. “It hit hard and fast and I was miserable. The doctors were having a hard time getting my temperature stabilized.”

Doug was diagnosed with Leukemia (AML). His hardened gland in his underarm was caused by an infection that was contracted because of his weakened immune system due to the Leukemia. “My body was having a hard time fighting the infection which is why I felt like I had the flu. Dr. Allen said it was a good thing I had noticed the change in my glands, and went to the doctor when I did. I don't even want to think what would have happened if I had waited one more day to go to the doctor.”

Once Doug was stabilized at Kish Hospital he was transferred to Loyola to begin treatment for Leukemia. He spent four and a half weeks receiving intensive cancer treatments supervised by Dr. Daniel Shaffer. “My doctors at Kish Hospital and Loyola would have video conferences to discuss my case. I felt like I received very good care from the nurses and doctors at Loyola, but I really liked Kish Hospital better. Kish Hospital had a more homey touch. It was good to see a friendly face when I would go in for treatments. The nurses that helped me were from my community. I attend church with one of the nurses and I have run into others at the grocery store so you feel like the hospital and their staff is part of the community.”

Sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference for a patient. “Another thing I really liked about Kish Hospital, was the food service. If I was having a bad day and couldn't eat at the scheduled meal times, I could call later and still get a hot meal. At Loyola, if you missed a meal, the only thing you could get was a cold sandwich.”

“One very special person was Craig Pressley, the social worker at The Cancer Center. He referred me to different cancer support groups which were very helpful and let me know that I was not alone.”

The proximity of the hospital helped Doug and his family stay connected. “It was easier for my family to visit me at Kish Hospital because it was close to home. At Loyola, my wife and kids were only able to visit every few days because of the distance.”

“It's good to know that we have a hospital like Kish Hospital close to home that can take care of you and service most of the needs you might have.”

“Everything was lined up and God had it all in place. Before my diagnosis I had changed my diet and lost 30 lbs. It was a blessing that I went through this process. I got to see what is most important and get my priorities in line.”

“I would tell anyone in my situation how nice Kish Hospital is. You are really treated like a person not a number or statistic.”

 

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