Jeff's StoryJun 6, 2019
Dr. Jeff Luebbe's experience on finding himself on the other side of the doctor/patient relationship
Jeff Luebbe, a doctor and patient at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett
Jeff Luebbe, D.C., spends his time at work helping his patients. As a chiropractor, Dr. Luebbe uses hands-on spinal manipulation to provide relief to people feeling pain and discomfort. However, one February morning, Dr. Luebbe found himself on the other side of the doctor/patient relationship.
“I tried to get out of bed and almost passed out,” said Dr. Luebbe. “My heartbeat felt unusual. I knew I needed to see a doctor.”
Dr. Luebbe’s primary care physician diagnosed the condition as atrial fibrillation. Also known as AFib, this condition involves a fluttering heartbeat as a result of the heart’s normal rhythm being out of sync. Dr. Luebbe went to the emergency room at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.
“When I came in to the ER with AFib, I was immediately taken to a treatment room where I was hooked up to an EKG and my vital signs were taken,” said Dr. Luebbe. “At that point, I realized that I was not a provider. I was a patient. Everyone on the staff was doing their job in a calm, professional way. My job was to be a patient and let them do their thing.”
Dr. Luebbe was put through several tests including a CT and ultrasound as the physicians gathered information that would help determine the best way to get his heart back into a normal rhythm.
“I was definitely nervous, but the staff helped calm me down,” remembered Dr. Luebbe. “The technologists were very professional and comforting and explained everything that was happening during the tests. When the doctor reassured me that I was going to be ok, it was a huge relief.”
Dr. Luebbe was admitted to the hospital. Once in his room, he was monitored closely and given medication to treat the AFib. At approximately 2:00 a.m., his heartbeat converted back to a normal rhythm. Later that day, Dr. Luebbe was able to go home.
“The last place I expected to be was in the hospital as a patient,” said Dr. Luebbe. “It’s a real plus for our community to have access to the services that Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett provides. It was a great experience.”