A reader writes:
I have a patient, call him Samuel (not his real name obviously). He had previously broken all his leg bones, broke a few bones in one foot, crushed several bones in the other, in a construction accident, by falling 20ft and landing feet first on a 2′ thick concrete pad for an RV barn they were building. He’s also a 60yo functioning alcoholic.
I got him for transport to a nursing home after hospitalisation. He had done one hospital stay and upon release, tied on a bender that left him hospitalised again 2 days later to fix the stuff all over again. So this time, off to a nursing home.
But the nearest rehab center with an open bed is 4 hrs from home and family. (His mother and siblings. He’s a bachelor, and would seem to enjoy it.) Anyway, pray for Samuel, who is far away from anyone he knows, scared and in pain. I’m going to ride the 4 hours back down there this weekend, since I have one off, and surprise him with a visit and roll him down the street for a chance to get out, have a great meal, etc. he needs help with his legs, his drinking, his finances in the future, all kinds of things. Peace of mind and purpose too. Anyway, thanks.