COVID Safety Protocol

June 20, 2022

A message to our Grand Avenue Veterinary Family --

As many of you know, if you’ve had an appointment in the last 2 weeks, our appointment schedule has been unusually tight, and we’ve had to change some appointment times.  We had originally explained that Dr. Wauhob was out of the office due to a family medical emergency.  We are now able to share more complete information.
 
On Saturday, June 4, Dr. Wauhob suffered a serious heart attack while visiting family in Sioux City.  She was transferred to a hospital in Omaha.  Her heart was very weak, and last week her cardiology team determined that her heart was too severely damaged and wouldn’t recover. On Friday, June 17, she was put on the transplant list. Because she was on an ECMO machine (a machine that pumps and oxygenates the patient’s blood outside the body, allowing the heart to rest), she was put at the top of the transplant list.  
 
Within hours of being on the list, a heart became available, and around 10 pm, Friday, June 17, she underwent heart transplant surgery.
 
She has recovered from surgery but is still in ICU.  Her husband says she is doing well.  On Tuesday, June 21, she got to stand up for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks!!!
 
She will, of course, be gone for several months as her immune system gets used to the newness of the transplanted heart - which means that our schedule will be more restrictive until we are able to find a relief veterinarian to fill in.
 
Dr. Robinson will be working full weeks - Monday through Friday - but we will continue to be closed on Saturdays - until further notice.
 
In addition Dr. R has a family vacation planned June 26-July 1 - so the office will be closed for appointments during that week.  We will have staff available from 11-5:30 Monday-Friday for you to pick up medications and food.  If these hours are impossible for you, please call and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs. When there is staff in the building, the phones will be answered.  If you call and no one answers, please feel free to leave a message, and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.
 
If you would like to send a card or note to Dr. Wauhob, please send it to our office - 312 Grand Avenue - West Des Moines - 50265. We will make sure she gets it!

We will be posting periodic updates on Facebook  as well.

We truly apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that you are understanding of the fact that we were most definitely not expecting this kind of situation to occur!  Please send your positive thoughts and prayers for Dr. Wauhob and her family!!
 
--Dr. Sue and the GAVH Staff

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