Oh no…another hospital stay?

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 NO… THANK GOD!!

This picture was taken yesterday at OHSU.  Thankfully, Gordon was in an actor in a training video, not a real patient in a hospital bed.  In their effort to keep patients, nurses, and therapists safe and unharmed, the good professionals at OHSU are creating videos on assessing patient mobility.  Gordon was an excellent choice as their subject.

Seeing him in that bed brought some serious flashbacks for me.  Even though I knew the scene was staged, I felt that old fear and dread rise up once again.  I was also able to reflect on Gordon’s wonderful progress and be thankful that we can now laugh with the staff and participate voluntarily in this scenario.

Being nearly 7 years post-stroke, I was also able to express my appreciation for the compassion and positive attitudes of the nurses and therapists.

Jill Viggiano

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