When Linda Rinehart, an intervention specialist for the local schools, was still up at 4 am in the morning with continual stomach pain, she did not know where it would lead.
Concerned about the severity of the pain, her husband Charlie drove her to the Madison County Hospital emergency department.
Originally from Springfield, Linda and Charlie moved to Choctaw Lake five years ago after falling in love with the area. Living at the Lake means they have a lot of options when getting in the car to drive to the hospital.
“We went to Madison County Hospital because Charlie and I felt most comfortable going here,” said Linda. “Having visited MCH with my daughter and granddaughter, I know that the people there are truly concerned for your health and treat you like an individual.
According to Charlie, after arriving, it didn’t take the attending physician long to diagnosis Linda’s extreme stomach pain. The problem was with her gallbladder.
According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 20 million American have gallstones. Most people don’t even know they have them and experience no symptoms. However, sometimes gallstones can cause severe pain and discomfort.
A CAT scan and MRI confirmed the diagnosis. Thinking that surgery might be the best treatment option, the physician recommended the Rineharts speak with Dr. Don Hura, the MCH general surgeon who was on call that day.
After meeting with Linda and Charlie, Dr. Hura recommended that Linda’s gallbladder be removed. Like the appendix or tonsils, your gallbladder can be removed without affecting your body’s processes. Gallbladder surgical procedures are very safe and effective. It can be the best way to eliminate the pain caused by gallstones. Linda was admitted to the hospital to await her surgery.
“During my time at MCH, everyone made sure I knew exactly what was happening and even contacted my physician in Springfield,” said Linda. “Dr. Hura took time to draw a diagram of the procedure to make sure I understood what was going to happen during my surgery.”
After having prolonged stomach pain, taking a trip to the emergency department, and finally going through surgery, Linda is now recuperating at her home at the Lake. After going through the experience with his wife, Charlie is glad they chose Madison County Hospital.
“People couldn’t have been nicer, and the care was excellent,” said Charlie.