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Making the Rounds with Dr. Hurt

May 4, 2017

Ransom
Most would think I’m fixin’ to start talking about a kidnapping.  No, Ransom is a person.  Ransom is a contracted sleep Dr. Hurt wired up for a sleep studytechnician in Belmond.  The reason I know is because I had a *sleep study (see attached photos) in Belmond last week. Ransom (her grandfathers’ name) is from Georgia with a strong southern accent. The kind that makes you pay attention because she knows what she’s talking about.  She practiced “AIDET” (Acknowledge/Introduce/Duration/Explanation/Thank you) without seeming obvious about it.  In a few short minutes I had complete confidence in her ability to administer the test.  She also told me what she was NOT going to (diagnose me), which was equally important.
 
Be open to learning in every situation! I had a sleep technician in her 8th decade (unbelievable really) of life, who travels with two Macaws (big, beautiful birds that speak) and chases storms, show me the best way to communicate with a patient that I have ever witnessed. I was fortunate enough to be the patient. 

Thank you, Ransom, for your service.  Maybe next time you pass this way we will have a place in town for an early breakfast.

*I have mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). That means I stop breathing 6 times/hour for 10 seconds or longer.  5 or less means you don’t have the official diagnosis. I have a “sleep onset latency” of one minute, which I have been told is impressive! It means I fall asleep FAST. 

 

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