I never thought I’d want to leave Santa Fe. After seven days as a patient at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, that changed. I won’t feel safe living in the marvelous City Different until we have a hospital with proper staffing levels for nurses and hospitalists.
On Feb. 17, just back from a trip to Laos, I was admitted to St. Vincent’s with a soaring fever, searing headache and severe chills. I passed through the ER, two different wards and various testing centers for X-rays, CT scans, etc. Doctors tried to identify what exotic illness I had while grappling with the possibility of a pulmonary embolism and the reality of fluid on my lungs.