I want to take a moment to thank all of the staff at Bronson Battle Creek

Susan Karanja, Family Member

Well, this wasn’t quite how we planned on spending our Christmas Eve…

But I want to take a moment to thank all of the staff at Bronson Battle Creek.

I have heard nothing but terrible things about this hospital since I moved here. When I told someone I was having Malachi there, they replied “I’ll be praying for you.” That was such a scary time and the staff was amazing. I could not have asked for better care for either of us.

Fast forward to this morning at 1:30 when Malachi started throwing up. And proceeded to do so every half hour or less until the pediatrician told us to go to the Emergency Department because they were worried about dehydration.

We didn’t sit in the waiting room at all. The triage nurse was so gentle with him and as soon as she put us in a room, got him a Christmas present. Every nurse he saw from there on out offered to get him a present. They quickly got meds on board to stop the vomiting before the doctor did the full exam. They not only got Malachi a drink to see if he could keep it down but also made sure Stephen and I were comfortable and hydrated. After some monitoring and negative swabs, we were sent home. We picked up some breakfast and as we pulled in the driveway, I was getting a phone call from a nurse checking to make sure he was still okay. Malachi is doing very well and back to his hammy self.

When healthcare workers (including custodians, front desk staff, pharmacists, and everyone in between) are away from their family on a holiday, in the middle of a two-year pandemic that is currently raging with no end in sight, I feel like it’s important to show appreciation and thanks. They spent their time away from their loved ones to take care of mine. We were running on less than 2 hours of sleep and as a mom I was so scared; all of the staff made me feel secure and that my little boy was going to be okay. That gift of comfort and care above and beyond is my favorite gift this holiday season.

There’s not much that I can do or say to make things better for you all, but I do offer the gratitude of my little family on this Christmas Eve. We are praying for all those who have been impacted by COVID-19; while this holiday season may not seem merry and bright, I hope you find some level of peace.

With many thanks,

The Karanja Family

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