In more than 12 years of parenting, our children’s medical history has been pretty uneventful. Six stitches and an allergic reaction to penicillin – that’s it; and when you spread those conditions over four kids, it’s really not too bad at all. Thankfully, when it comes to health issues, the Noffsingers live pretty boring lives. At least we did until Friday evening, June 27.
It was around midnight when my wife woke me to tell me something was wrong with our small child. As a matter of family privacy, I won’t go into the details. All I will say is that he’s fine and – God willing – will continue to be fine. On that night though, nothing was fine and we needed help. As a control freak, there is nothing worse for me than feeling out of control. I could do nothing, and it was horrible. Thankfully, not everyone was helpless. After speaking with a very competent 911 operator, taking a short ride in an ambulance with two very professional EMTs, we arrived at Trigg County Hospital ER.
Having never had to do this before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I am sure of is that Dr. Shea Godwin and every other person we met were at the top of their game. They quickly began helping my child and assisting me in the process. In what seemed like no time at all, they had performed a chest x-ray, an EKG, a blood and urine test, as well as a CAT scan. Even in the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding my child, I found myself amazed at the quality of their work.
It’s true our hospital is small, but it makes a big impact. We as citizens of this county are blessed to have it here. Trigg County Hospital did everything they could do for my child, and then sent him safely to a hospital that could do even more. They also sent my child away in much better condition than they found him. What more could any of us ask?
Anytime you deal with people, inevitably you will be disappointed and/or frustrated. We’re people, we’re bad about letting others down and dropping the ball. It’s easy to criticize others and Monday morning quarterback situations. The bottom line is this: my local hospital responded when I needed them to. I am grateful to God for the fine medical institution we have right here on Main Street. I hope another medical emergency never happens, but if it does, I will take comfort in the fact that the professionals at Trigg County Hospital will be standing by ready to help. They’re good people in bad times.
Kyle Noffsinger, Cadiz