• Denise Langley, Holston Valley emergency surgery patient


  • At first, Denise Langley thought she had a stomach virus. But after more than a week of illness, she knew something was seriously wrong, and she sought care at Holston Valley Medical Center. There, she met a team of caregivers who became her new heroes.

  • Denise tells her story

    Starting May 16, I started vomiting and having dry heaves. At first, I was told that I had a stomach virus.

    However, by Memorial Day, I was still sick, so I went to the emergency department at Holston Valley Medical Center, where I was seen by Dr. Gregory Marcum. My daughter and husband were with me, but I was so sick, I needed my daughter to speak with Dr. Marcum.

    After he examined me, I knew I was going to get the help I needed. Immediately, I was started on IV fluids, which I desperately needed because I was so dehydrated – after all, a stomach virus does not last that long.

    I was admitted to Holston Valley’s fourth floor early the next morning, and everyone was very nice. I had a HIDA scan done that day, and the next thing I knew, I had to have my gallbladder out. Very early Wednesday morning, I had the surgery performed by Dr. John Beatty, who is my new hero!

    By the time I completely came out of the anesthesia, I no longer had the feeling of being sick. Apparently, my gallbladder had been bad for quite some time, but I didn't know it. I was even discharged that day.

    I wish I could remember everyone's name that took care of me. I would like to thank Kim Beaty, who was my nurse on the day I was discharged, as well as Theresa Smallwood, who took care of me in recovery. I had worked with Theresa before, and knew she was a fantastic nurse. I would also like to thank the person who did my HIDA scan – she was kind and patient.

    By June 11, I was able to return to work at Wellmont Nurse Connection, and I have never been happier. I missed my work family, and I think they missed me too!


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