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Patricia May G.


On August 9, 2010, my mother survived two massive strokes leaving her unable to speak and her right side paralyzed. One week later, while still hospitalized on her 66th birthday, her blood pressure was spiraling out of control. The stroke on CT scan was becoming larger. The doctors advised me, as the health POA, to put mom on comfort measures and allow her to die as she would have no quality of life. We were shattered to hear this. With no place to go but on my knees, I put my faith in God and let Him speak to my heart. He, in turn, told me vehemently, “NO, I will not agree to comfort measures.” Our mom is a fighter, and I knew if she pulled through in ICU, we would hopefully have a chance to get her into St. Joseph's Community Health Services where I'd been an employee for 17 years and knew how beneficial their Restorative/Swing Bed program was. It would be the fighting chance we prayed for. She spent four of the longest days of our lives in the ICU, and an additional four days in the neurology department. On August 23, 2010, she arrived at St. Joseph's by ambulance on a stretcher. She spent 88 days at St. Joseph's, rehabilitating, and is now home by the grace of God and the help of her sister and brother‐in-law! She still continues with her rehab. Mom is vibrant, beautiful and FULL of life, and we are so incredibly proud of her strength and determination. I would also like to add tremendous thanks to all of mom's friends and family for their support, and to St. Joseph's staff for all their help in mom's rehabilitation!


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