Posted on March 2, 2018
Posted on March 2, 2018Hello friends & family!
Nancy discharged today from the Utah Valley Specialty Hospital! Halleluiah! After two months away, we brought our sweet mom-wife-grandma-aunt home where she peacefully went to sleep in her own bed.
We are very grateful for all the staff at four different facilities who have cared for her since Dec. 30. She had cellulitis. Recovered. "Flap surgery" to cover an open wound. Recovered. And now continues to doing "sitting trials" in different chairs to make sure the "flap" from the surgery is holding, and for her to get stronger sitting up. She has been in bed for the most part since October of 2017.
In the last two months two of our care workers went in to see my mom, one almost daily. The family rotated 'shifts' to be with her throughout the week.
So we are happy to get our home routine going again with the support of all of you.
Lots of love, from the Lowers
P.S. Nancy has a brand new Tilt-in-Space manual wheelchair coming soon. It has great padding & back and leg adjustments so you can lie down! The other news is that Charla is driving home our new wheelchair van (2012) from Colorado this week. We purchased it from the family of a good family friend! Mom and dad were in a car accident lin December, and their van was totaled. We are relieved to have made this purchase. (They were both okay by the way.)
Posted on January 31, 2018
Posted on January 31, 2018Just read my last post. Mom has basically been in a facility since Dec. 30, 2017. She went in to the hospital in Provo with cellulitis. She was moved from there to a brand new facility south of us in a town called Salem for further rehab. Charla ingeniously got her home for two days to go to church & out to dinner before going back to the American Fork hospital for her "flap procedure." After a year of dealing with infections and healing the wound as best we could, the surgeon finally agreed to cover the wound with a flap of skin. Amazing!
Mom's surgery was Jan. 17, and since the 19th she has been at the Utah Valley Specialty Hospital. She is now a week and a half into her three week rehab. She is on a sand bed! It is not like going to the beach. Well actually it is. Strangely the bed has sand in it and also blown air. It resembles a raft. It is a special 2000 pound bed (!) that helps people with surgeries like hers. There is no pressure on her lower body.
Nancy spirits are mostly up. She is well cared for, and accustomed to the routines and staff. Our caregivers spend time with Nancy at the hospital in place of their hours they would work here at home. Dad is the most dedicated visitor going in most afternoons. Charla and I visit as we can around work.
Thank you again to anyone who reads this post whether you have sent a financial gift or not. Everyone's love and support is welcome. Thank you,
Posted on January 3, 2018
Posted on January 3, 2018We so appreciate the generous heart and spirit of everyone. Thank you for your support of Nancy's care & our family. What an amazing experience to receive so many donations from friends and family across the country and the globe. We have gotten very close to our financial goal of 60K and have more pledges coming in in 2018!
On Nancy: On Saturday, December 30, 2017, Nancy went in to the local hospital with cellulitis in her right leg. It is greatly improved with IV antibiotics. Today we hope she will be discharged, and are working with the social worker on whether insurance will cover her care at home or if she needs to go a rehab center.
At first when she was admitted, her spirits were down because her 'flap procedure' (surgery planned for Jan. 17) would be affected. She has bounced back and is making friends with hospital staff. And. . .We hope the surgery will only be postponed. As a recap-- the procedure will cover the wound she has had for a year, and make it more possible for her to sit up and be more active.
Thanks again for your gifts, your thoughts and prayers. With love, the Lowers