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Published on October 12, 2012

Sharon Adamchak-Ball - Patient at Kish Hospital 

Sharon Adamchak-Ball and her husband, Dave

Sharon Adamchak-Ball and her husband, Dave

Sharon Adamchak-Ball said, “I lost two good friends in the past year. One we know for sure would be here today if he had not ignored his symptoms. This prompted my husband and me to make a pact that we will stop trying to diagnose our health problems and start going to the doctor when something isn't right.”

So when Sharon, 51, wasn't feeling well, experiencing shortness of breath, high blood pressure, and a speeding heart rate, she decided to go to the Emergency Department at Kish Hospital.

As soon as she arrived, Emergency staff worked to get Sharon the appropriate testing in order to diagnose her condition and begin treatment. She said, “Emergency personnel were swift and thorough, and the professionals in X-ray, CT and Ultrasound, were very nice and even funny!” Sharon was diagnosed with bi-lateral pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in both lungs) and fluid in left lung. She received immediate treatment with Lovenox (anticoagulant therapy) and Coumadin.

Sharon was admitted to the hospital, which she described as a “seamless” process. “The nurses and assistants were all EXTREMELY nice and accommodating,” said Sharon. “My doctors, Dr. Morker, internist, Dr. Memon, hematologist, and Dr. Brahmbhatt, pulmonologist, all arrived promptly and did not rush through explanations and exams. Each doctor spent time with me and my husband to make sure we understood exactly what was going on.” Her doctors suspect a combination of hormone replacement therapy and recent air travel as the cause of Sharon’s pulmonary embolisms.

Sharon is happy to say that she is expected to make a full recovery, and she said, “I am getting better every day.” She has learned a great deal from this experience, “The pact with my husband was just prior to this condition. Had we not made that commitment, I may not be here today to tell this story.” She said, “From this point forward, I will not wait to see a doctor if I suspect something is not right.”

Sharon is fortunate to have been healthy and active before her diagnosis. She said, “I was training for the Chicago marathon and now am rebuilding as I continue to mend. Maybe next year.”


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