​Peace Arch is My Community Hospital & I am So Glad It Was There for Me

Monday, November 20, 2017

By Aman Lalri

I was admitted to Peace Arch Hospital on May 10, 2017, unable to stand, sit or use the restroom due to my colitis illness. Two nurses came and helped me right away after seeing what condition I was in. Within 20 minutes of arriving to the ER, they found me a bed. My mom and dad both stood by my side holding my hand as I was really scared. The next morning I was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

My condition began to worsen. The doctors tried to diagnose what was happening to my body. I began retaining water in my lungs, developed pneumonia, and my left lung started to collapse. Shortly after, my family received the news that I had developed septic shock and was intubated.

After even more testing it turns out I had developed pellagra. Pellagra is a condition caused by a lack of the vitamin niacin (vitamin B3) which is very painful and can be fatal.

This was one of the most difficult and terrifying experiences for me and my whole family. But the care from the nurses and doctors in the ICU was amazing. The nurses helped me get through with so much love and compassion; anytime I needed anything, they were standing next to me with a smile, helping day and night.

They also helped me mentally by keeping me very positive and strong through my journey, which I think is one of the major reasons I recovered so well.

My family and I would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Peace Arch Hospital. I can look back and say that I recovered because of the great care I received.

Thank you, Aman, for sharing your story! We are so glad you are better and back at home with your family.

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