Our entire family truly appreciate her
Last year, my husband was transferred to the Bronson Methodist Hospital cath lab from Bronson Battle Creek, where it was determined he suffered a STEMI. He has a previous cardiac history. Shortly after entering the cath lab, my husband coded and ended up on the MICU, intubated and with an impella in place.
I work here at Bronson Methodist Hospital and had worked the night prior to my husband being admitted. My oldest daughter arrived just as her father coded. I left here around 2:30 to go home and get some rest while my oldest began contacting the other six siblings and updated them on the mornings events. I received a call from BMH shortly after 5 with an update of my husband’s condition. I knew his prognosis was poor and my daughter and I headed back to BMH. By that time, two more of my children had arrived. Upon returning to my husband’s room, we were met by his RN for the night, Breanna Adams. She was very patient in answering our questions and addressing our concerns. She was always available, but at the same time gave us space to process everything, as it had all happened so very fast. After each of the siblings were finally contacted, it was agreed that their father’s wishes should be met. He had voiced on several different occasions that he did not want to be intubated or have any heroic measures done. He was very clear with his wishes. We let Breanna know what our family unit had decided. She let us know that he would die shortly after treatment was stopped and let us know what to expect. It was requested that he be removed from the vent first. Breanna let us know what that would involve and the sounds and sights we may hear and see and gave the option of stepping out in the hall if needed. I believe that receiving the explanation of what they were going to see made the saying goodbye a more comfortable situation. After the extubation, the impella was turned down and our father and husband was gone in just a few short peaceful minutes. Breanna gave us the extra time we needed after he had passed. She allowed us time, space and understanding. She then answered our questions regarding funeral home choice and what else we had to do. When we were ready to leave she walked my children out to the parking lot as I had to stop at the office and pick up a few things. My children said Breanna talked with them and acknowledged their feelings and let them know they were experiencing feelings that were normal in these circumstances.
Everything happened so quickly. Our family really appreciated the compassion and understanding that Breanna allowed us, and are forever appreciative that she not only assisted us in the technicalities of discussions but assisted us emotionally and compassionately in regards to our loss.
Breanna Adams is a nurse on the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Bronson Methodist Hospital. She is the recipient of the 2021 Hazel Latondress Compassion Award, and was recognized during the Nursing Excellence Celebration.