There when we need them—
Ann Seggerman of Waverly has been coming to Waverly Health Center for care since she was a little girl. In June, she made an unexpected visit to the hospital’s emergency room.
While she was camping with family, Ann woke up in the middle of the night with a pain in her abdomen. “At first I thought I had eaten something with wheat in it. I have Celiac’s Disease and just a little bit of gluten can make me sick,” Ann stated. “When the pain started moving from the middle to the right side, I knew I needed to go to the emergency room.”
Ann had an appendicitis. Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch that projects from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen. Appendicitis causes pain in your lower right abdomen. However, in most people, pain begins around the navel and then moves. As inflammation worsens, appendicitis pain typically increases and eventually becomes severe.
Ann’s husband Rich and her son drove her to Waverly Health Center’s emergency department. “I arrived at the ED around 3:30 p.m. I knew it would take a while for the tests, so I told my family to go to Waterloo to get some supplies they needed for a home project. Little did I know that I would shortly be heading to surgery so Dr. Amber Crawford could remove my appendix.”
“I was amazed at how smoothly everything moved from the time I arrived at the ED to the time I was going into surgery. From check-in to lab tests to radiology, it was really well coordinated. I didn’t feel alone or scared, even though my family wasn’t there. Dr. Ebensberger and all of the staff members were very reassuring.”
After surgery, Ann woke up very hungry. “Because I can’t have gluten, I expected to have trouble getting food that was safe for me to eat. It was great to find out WHC had gluten-free chicken broth and other foods I could have.”
After surgery, Ann spent the night in the hospital and was able to go home the following day. “I never considered going anywhere else—I knew I could get the care I needed at Waverly Health Center. It’s easy to take the great health care we have available in Waverly for granted, but I’m so glad they were there when I needed them.”