My 20 yo daughter came into Swedish ER on Friday August 6th with a very large cerebral venous thrombosis in her straight sinus vein and the surrounding veins with a small hemorrhagic stroke. Dr. Kaminsky, the surgery team, and neuro ICU team worked together with the common interest of saving my daughter's life. After 27 years of working and/or volunteering in the medical arena (including neuro trauma surgery many years ago) not once did I feel a need to wear my medical hat. The whole time, I was able to focus on my role as mom as the medical team far surpassed my expectations, knowledge, and experiences. Many times over the weekend it felt like we were the priority. At some points, it even felt like she was the only patient, although I knew she was not. For example when Dr. Doland, the neurointensivist, stood outside of my daughter's room the first night or when Merrill, the Neuro ICU RN, (in addition to hourly skilled checks and friendly conversation) wheelchaired my daughter to the outside garden, or from Dr. Kaminsky's frequent evaluating, teaching and caring visits and finally the neuro step down unit's many team members collaborating, teaching, and caring. My daughter was well cared for and we were all well educated throughout the entire process.
Dr. Kaminsky, our neurointerventional surgeon, showed great humility, approachability, professionalism, experience, knowledge, teaching skills, and care. He displayed excellence in both medical capability and bedside manner. He has the perfect balance in being forthright and reserved in communication and timing. For example, he didn't share with her the likelihood of death that could have been until she started to regain her abilities, showing an ability to display necessary honesty in the right way at the right time.
I give Dr. Kaminsky, from RIA, and the entire neuro team from Swedish five stars for saving my daughter's life and showing attentiveness, kindness, and professionalism throughout the entire process. Thank you!!!!