Tell Us Your Story | September 2015

An Interview with CLARENCE W. Short-term rehab resident.

"I'm a truck driver and crane operator. The company I work for rebuilds locomotives for the railroad. We take them apart, all the way down to the last bolt. I've been with this company going on 21 years. They send me out on the road a lot. I was in an accident. That's what brought me here.

The hospital took the cast off of my leg yesterday. There was a pin running through it. When they put the boot on they didn't have it set right. It was grinding into the heel of my foot which caused pain to go clear to the top of my head all night. Your therapist come in today and I told her about it. She made some adjustments and the pain just disappeared. She said, 'I know you're feeling better because you're smiling.'

Listen, I smile all day long and when I'm not smiling everybody on your staff asks, 'What's the matter?' They automatically know when something is wrong. I don't like to complain, it's not in my nature. The amazing this is your nurses know when something is wrong with me. The first thing they are going to say is, 'What's wrong?' I tell them, 'Well, I didn't want to bother you.' They say, 'We know something is wrong, so just go ahead and tell us'—and that's everybody on this staff!

They check on my all day and all night. It's beautiful here. I'm just telling the truth. The staff here has passionate hearts. This is a good place.

[A nurse walks into Clarence's room during this interview…] You see that? She's here to give me my meds. She's right on time. This is every day. I can almost tell what time it is when one of the nurses comes through.

I accidently hit the call button last night and someone came right away! This level of care and attention is an everyday thing. I'm used to it now! They told me, 'You're going to have to go home one of these days. We can't keep you forever.' The truth is, I could get used to this!

The nurse that works on my wounds, Patty Murphy—I could take her home with me, she's so nice. She checks on my every day. Patty takes care of me. I had a boil when I came here. You would have thought I had a heart attack, she was on it! She told me, 'Don't worry about that. I've got it covered." And she did.

I love the food here. That meatloaf was good today! They served cabbage the other day—I could have embarrassed myself asking for more. That cabbage was delicious! If they make that cabbage again, they can take away one of the sides and give me more cabbage! It was seasoned just right. I'm a cabbage lover, I ate every bite. They give me plenty of juice too, as much as I want all day long.

My testimony is this:
The Good Lord could have washed His hands of me as soon as that truck hit me. But He sent me to the world's best places to bring me back and make me whole. St. Louis University Hospital started it, and Edwardsville Care Center is going to finish it. I'm going to be just as good as I was.

I've told all my buddies, 'I could not have picked a better place to rehab! I picked the best facility out of the bunch. If anyone ever asks me about Edwardsville Care Center , I'm going to say, 'It doesn't get any better than this. It just doesn't. It's almost like being at home. The way the staff looks out for the residents here, it's as though we are all just one big family.'"