My Recent Trauma

As we get older our parts begin to turn against us. Why do they do that, I wonder? All these years I’ve had grand adventures and astonishingly good times. And, for every one of those escapades I’ve taken all my parts along to enjoy it with me! So, how dare they turn against me now?

As with most men “of a certain age” the old prostate begins to proliferate until it reaches such a size that it restricts the flow of one’s urine. You can imagine how miserable life can be when you feel you have to make a run to the toilet every ten minutes.

When the diagnosis isn’t cancer related, one treatment is TURP; transurethral resection of the prostate. They go in with a scope and shave away portions of the prostate until a clear flow of liquids is established. Enough said about that!

Picture credit: Renal and Urology News.

For my procedure I was admitted to UAB Highlands hospital. Those of you who know me understand that I’m a bit of a history nut, so before I tell you about my experience, I must tell you about the hospital, itself.

It wasn’t always called UAB/Highlands. The hospital started its life back in 1910 as South Highland Infirmary. They offered long-term care as well as surgery. Sadly, as was true most everywhere in those days, they had separate facilities for white and non-white patients, and for disabled children.

Picture credit: BhamWiki

The hospital also had a school of nursing until 1952. More than 1500 nurses are practicing or have practiced because of that school. Imagine how many thousands of patients have benefitted from the expertise and compassion taught at South Highlands School of Nursing! In 1971 it was decided to change the name to South Highlands Hospital, and that name was kept until 1989 when HealthSouth bought it to serve as the flagship medical center. HealthSouth added more bricks and mortar and began to offer neurosurgery and sports and orthopaedic medicine.

In 1994 UAB got into the act and partnered in the purchase of a gamma knife for the Ophthalmologic center where they pioneered the Fluidic Internal Limiting Membrane Separation procedure. Finally, in 2006 UAB forked over $33 million and added the hospital to their growing campus.

Picture Credit: BhamWiki

Fast forward to 2021 when yours truly is admitted for prostate surgery. Financially, it was quite painful, as most of my readers in Leftpondia can appreciate. In all other respects my praise couldn’t possibly be higher. The surgery and anaesthesia personnel were warm, caring, and patiently answered all my questions.

The two days spent on the ward were especially telling, simply because I spent the most time with them. The nursing staff were especially observant, keeping me well informed of everything happening to me. No matter how many questions I asked, no one seemed in a hurry to get away. The nursing staff at UAB Highlands are most compassionate and their empathy is always on display as they go about their duties without a lot of fuss and bother.

I don’t recommend surgery and hospitalization for anyone. However, if you need it, UAB Highlands is a good place to have your problems seen to.

Now that you, Gentle Reader, have brought it up I will tell you that my book New Yesterdays is still available at Amazon. Domestic readers can email me (theolbigjim@gmail.com) and I’ll happily get a signed copy out to you for a mere $8. Free postage and shipping! Get it now, so it’s fresh in your mind when I finish and release the sequel, Changed Tomorrows!

Copyright: Jim L Wright

About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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6 Responses to My Recent Trauma

  1. I’m glad everything was to your satisfaction, Jim. I had cancer of the prostate, and it was radiated to the size of a marble, so I don’t have to worry about an enlarged gland. Take care of yourself.

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  2. jaysquires says:

    Yes, Jim, you should consider yourself blessed that you didn’t have prostate cancer. Like John, fate dealt me the wrong card and I had to go through radiation therapy. That’s all behind me now, I’m happy for you that yours was a procedure on an otherwise healthy prostate and, I assume, you are well now. Good to hear from you again.

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  3. Hope you’re back to your young self, Bill. Take care.

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  4. Kim Melton says:

    I hope all is well with you now. My brother just recently had prostate surgery. He, unfortunately, had cancer but they were able to get it all and he is recovering nicely.

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  5. Best wishes, Big Jim. Take care.

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