A SCARY MOMENT

It Finally Happened, CODE BLUE — Emergency Team Respond STAT

A teenager’s life was at risk, the hospital knew how to respond

Lee J. Bentch
Just Thoughts
Published in
4 min readJun 10, 2024

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A photo of a group of doctors walking to a location.
Photo by Luis Melendez on Unsplash

We are regular visitors to the local children’s hospital, as my grandson is a pediatric kidney dialysis patient. We are here at least three days a week, sometimes more. Total hours add up to around twenty hours weekly, determined by any complications he may have.

We are on a first-name basis with the Valet parking team, the security guards, the receptionists, multiple nurses, specialists, PCAs, and doctors. Even the lady who cleans the rooms recognizes us. My grandson and I have become local celebrities.

We’ve made it through five months of dialysis with only a few complications. However, in the last few weeks, his blood pressure has been spiking super high and dropping dangerously low. The extreme highs and lows have doctors concerned.

Last week, they admitted him for observation, medication review, and consultation to determine the root cause. We were lucky that the stay included three meals a day, a nice view of downtown Houston, and specialized attention as we would be staying over a weekend.

Okay, so it’s not hotel quality; no lobby bar, pool, or spa service exists. But at least it…

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Lee J. Bentch
Just Thoughts

I am an author, a technology guy, a grandad, a widower, and a man with many interests. I write to inform and entertain. Email: lee@lbentch.com