Thus, as an urban Indian with on over-inflated sense of my own immortality and infallibility, I have avoided the I.H.S., especially Lame Deer about which I’ve heard the most stories. Except for a few instances of physical trauma (broken bones, etc. all largely due to horse wrecks) I had not until last week seen a regular doctor for decades. Last week, due to a mysterious malady which had been lingering for some weeks, I had to break down and see one. While Lame Deer is a clinic, with a very busy E.R. room, there is a full hospital at Crow Agency, formally called the Crow/Northern Cheyenne I.H.S. hospital, located at Crow, but primarily to serve both Tribes and it is geographically much closer to Sheridan, where I now live. Though fully expecting a dreadful ordeal, I am writing to report that I had a very positive medical experience there. (Do those three words all go together?). First, due to Lame Deer clinic, I anticipated a long wait to secure an appointment and a dreadfully session in the waiting room, especially as the COVID has hit the Crow reservation very hard, averaging 3-5 new cases per day. To my delight, I got one within two days: the front desk people very courteous. Only problem, they still have me listed by the last name of Spotted Elk, going back 36 years, when I was last there to deliver my last child. When I arrived (for once, early), we parked in a special area, called reception and quickly a nurse came out, took my temperature and issued a mask. In the meanwhile, everyone on the streets was wearing masks, the Tribal President having issued an order to that effect. Bingo, at precisely 11:00 a.m., my appointment time, I was sitting in the doctor’s office.
IMPORTANT PLEASE SHARE All Crow/Pryor/Lodge Grass IHS COVID-19 testing for individuals who are currently not exhibiting...Posted by Crow Indian Health Service on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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