It was never anticipated that this level of 24/7 care would be required for nearly 5 years, but I would not go back and do it differently if I could.
York, PA – January 10, 2017 – After awakening Oct 4, 2011, Barb Sutherland found her then 80 year old Mom lying on the kitchen floor unresponsive and in obvious peril. As a disabled Medic, Barb knew that her neurological signs were dire and she called an ambulance immediately. Upon evaluation in the ER, I was told she had a brain hemorrhage, they were transferring her to a trauma center and that I should call family to let them know they should come. The ER Doc said that it did not look good and that she would probably not make it through the night. The Neurologist came, examined her, cautioned Barb about the small signs that were encouraging, repeating that if she could fight through another 24-36 hours, she may survive, but would be a bed bound invalid with little to no function. I wasn't prepared to lose her.
The minutes seemed like days and the hours seemed like weeks. Suddenly, Mom opened her eyes, alarmed by the tubes, hoses and sounds of assisted breathing. Barb immediately reassured her that she was with her and to try to relax. She had no idea of what had happened, only that she could not move, talk or communicate with me in any way. The Doc came right away, examined her and said that he saw some encouraging signs. He also said that he could not explain the change, was amazed and said that in his experience her survival chances just hours before this were nearly nonexistent.
Barb watched over her Mom carefully and found her the best treatment that she could find, for all of her necessary care. That "less than one year" prognosis turned into almost FIVE years.
It was never anticipated that this level of 24/7 care would be required for nearly 5 years, but I would not go back and do it differently if I could. Barb is proud that I could return some of that same love and safety that she freely gave her throughout my lifetime. Unfortunately, Barb is very near to losing it all now as she has no way to pay back the money borrowed against the home for her care.
About Barb Sutherland
Care needs for her Mom forced Barb to take loan on her house. She is now unable to pay back due to chronic disabling health issues that she is experiencing herself. She and her dogs are soon to be homeless if she cannot pay back the loan. She had an enchanted childhood, after her Dad was killed and a very special life, thanks to her mom. It was only natural, at the time, to borrow money on the house to keep her care going. Now, the home is all Barb has left and if she loses it, she fears her own illness will progress, because she has nowhere else to go.
To LEARN MORE about Barb and her Mom or to DONATE, please visit: