He may have lost his foot and portion of his leg, but he has so many other things to be thankful for. “My wife works midnights yet visited my every single day when I was in the Welland hospital and she comes here to visit me 3 days a week. I tell her she’s crazy but she loves me and I love her so much.”
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It was here that Cathy noticed that Alan was on his way to recovery. “I heard a lot of good things about Hotel Dieu Shaver before we even came here,” she says, recalling friends and family members that have been patients here over the years. “Alan’s progression since coming here still amazes me.”
Lisette walks through the hallways of Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Every few steps, nurses, therapist and porters stop to say hello. She greets each and every one of them with a hug. “I don’t remember all their names, but I remember their smiling faces,” she says. She’s knitted a couple of winter toques and gave them to the therapists. A small gift perhaps, but all she can give to show her gratitude.
It was right before Christmas when Robert Smith from Niagara Falls discovered that he had developed an ulcer on his right foot. On December 24, the 51-year-old resident of Niagara Falls was at the Wound Clinic in St. Catharines getting treatment at one of the two oxygen chambers in the region.
You may have seen his story - an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) escort motorcycle squad was driving on Highway 400 in Barrie, comprising of about fifteen motorcycles. The roar of the engines scared some nearby geese from the ditch and one went flying into Officer Pete Tucker’s face - knocking him unconscious immediately.
When Scott Howard’s right pinkie finger kept twitching, Scott knew it was an indication that something was wrong. Doctors misdiagnosed the twitching as work-related stress, blaming Scott’s job as a paramedic for 19 years as the cause. When the twitching progressed to his whole hand, Scott was sent to a motion specialist in London, Ontario. In 2006, two years after his initial visit to his doctor, Scott was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The diagnosis was not a complete surprise to Scott—