Well, I have a story for you today. Over the weekend we got to experience the brand new (as of May 2017) Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. I have so many wonderful things to tell you about our experience and the building itself, but first, you are probably wondering why in the world we were there.
If you have young kids, hopefully you can relate to me…accidents happen so quickly. On Saturday, we were swimming in the pool and Maggie and Charlie jumped into the pool side by side and when they were swimming to the side Maggie accidentally kicked Charlie right in the eye.
Ahhhh. I am not really good with medical issues. There is a reason I am writing a blog and not an RN in our local hospital.
There is a reason!
Charlie immediately started panicking. He was screeeeeaming! Now, Maggie generally panics. She almost always flips out over boo-boos. But Charlie doesn’t really, so I knew it was serious. I couldn’t get him to calm down for almost 45 minutes. I finally called our pediatrician and since it was a weekend day, she sent us to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
The drive was a bit of a bummer for us because we are over an hour away, but it was worth every minute of that drive. The hospital is gorgeous! Very clean and very professional. Everyone we came in contact with was extremely nice and helpful. The thing I loved most about taking Charlie to Golisano Children’s Hospital is that the staff was so great with him! They know how to handle kids in emergency situations, sickness, etc. They are absolutely wonderful.
Here are a few fun facts about the Golisano Children’s Hospital:
~ It is located at 9981 S. HealthPark Drive in Fort Myers.
~ They have over 500 specially trained pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists and other staff.
~ This is the only accredited children’s hospital between Miami and Tampa.
~ Hours vary depending on the type of unit your child is in.
~ They have a specialized school teacher so children that are there long-term do not fall behind in school.
So, they looked at Charlie’s eye and he had a cornea abrasion…basically a cut down his eye. Yikes. They gave us an antibiotic and a referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist to follow up with on the next business day. And with their help and a lot of prayer, his cut was completely healed by the follow up appointment.
He is all better now, whew!