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Quick Visit Reveals Life-Threatening Condition

Oct 21, 2007 6:00 PM

It was a Saturday morning in June and Skip Daynes and his beloved golden retriever, Colonel or Dr. Dog as he's known to children across the valley, were doing a Teddy Bear Clinic at the University Health Care Quick Clinic at Dan's Foods. As children filed in with their teddy bears, Dr. Dog diagnosed and treated their bears' owies, providing children with a fun and pain-free trip to the doctor.

When traffic slowed at both clinics, Daynes casually mentioned the "strange symptoms" he had experienced off-and-on for the past few months (pain going up his shoulder into his neck and ears, tightening in his chest, and difficulty catching his breath) to Dan Crouse, PA-C, the physician assistant on duty at the Quick Clinic. Crouse listened to Daynes' symptoms, asked him a few questions and then said, "What are you doing here? You should be in the ER."

Daynes, who had figured it was just heartburn, decided not to tempt fate any longer and headed to University Hospital's Emergency Department. All of his tests checked out perfectly, but Robert Stephen, M.D., didn't like his symptoms. "I don't like your story," Stephen said, "I'm checking you in." The next day, an angiogram showed 95 percent blockage in the left coronary artery, dubbed the widowmaker, because of how lethal blockage in that artery is. Two days later, S.V. Karwande, M.D., performed triple bypass surgery.

Daynes is back at work full time, taking long walks, working out on the treadmill, and traveling around to Teddy Bear Clinics with Dr. Dog. He is grateful for his new lease on life. "A lot of credit goes to Dan Crouse at the Quick Clinic," said Daynes. "He had the good sense to say, 'You should definitely go to the ER.'"

University Health Care Quick Clinic, in Dan's Foods at Olympus Hills, is open Mon. through Sat. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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