I was treated with the utmost respect...
Battling an eating disorder can be one of the scariest experiences a person (and their family and friends) can face, especially when looking for, and contemplating, treatment. If you are reading this, I’m guessing you understand that statement on a more personal level.
As a young lady who has struggled with an eating disorder for over 15 years, I know first-hand how scary it can be to relinquish control and ask for help. As a family member and/or friend, I also recognize how difficult it can be to watch your loved one struggle with the decision to live or die.
I was faced with this dilemma just a few weeks ago. Basically, I could seek treatment and choose life, or continue unhealthy eating disorder behaviors and risk not waking up in the morning, which became more and more of a reality for me and those who love me so much. Denver Health’s ACUTE program was recommended. I was hesitant and scared, yet knew I needed some type of intervention and immediate help if I wanted to live, which I desperately do.
From the moment I made the phone call to Denver Health, I was treated with the utmost respect and professionalism by Dr. Mehler, Dr. Gaudiani, and the entire staff. They got information from me and based on the severity of my situation, immediately began to make arrangements and recommendations for me to get to Denver as soon as possible. As a working professional, they were flexible with me as I made personal arrangements with work and family obligations. Dr. Gaudiani made phone calls and corresponded via e-mail to make the option to come to Denver Health a reality. I was completely at ease with her as she gently, yet knowledgably explained the severity of the disease and the need for professional treatment. She is positive and brilliant, yet direct and forthright as to the severity and nature of eating disorders. She truly cared about ME and I felt that before I even met her.
As soon as I walked in the doors of Denver Health, a burden was lifted. I finally felt safe and was able to trust the professionals (because that is what they truly are!) to give ME the treatment I needed. They met with me daily and made adjustments as necessary to my treatment, again to fit ME, my body and my needs. Individuals with eating disorders have similar struggles and the re-feeding process involves common side effects, which the doctors and nurses monitored carefully, once again treating the patient on an individual basis.
Everyone I interacted with was personal, friendly and SO knowledgeable about treating not only eating disorders, but truly the individual. Dr. Mehler, Chief Medical Officer of Denver Health and world-renowned expert in the field of Eating Disorders, made a point to visit with me and check on me throughout my stay. Dr. Gaudiani assessed and made daily changes according to my struggles, wants and needs, as well as made adjustments and recommendations pertinent to my care. Nurses and staff were constant, positive and thorough. They truly take a team approach which I so appreciate. They are aware of, and incorporate, cutting-edge research to guide their practice, but more importantly, carefully monitor labs, glucose levels, vitals, electrolytes, weight, etc. to cater treatment to the INDIVIDUAL. I will be forever grateful for the care they took in my medical stabilization so I am ready for the next step in my treatment and road to full recovery!