Death Scare. Surgeon Said… “Don’t Expect Miracles”

“The surgeon warned us not to expect miracles. He said on a scale of 1 to 5, five being death she was at a four. And if by some chance she did survive, we were to expect her to be paralyzed on one side — if not totally worse off.”

Unlike many people in life, I truly enjoy what I do for a living.

I write.

The promotional writing I do brings in money for others. And brings in a good amount of money to me too for each project I accept. Well, not too long ago I was forced to give up my career of freelance writing and consulting.

Here’s what happened.

Nearly a year ago one of my in-laws suffered a brain aneurysm. She is a single mom. Her life centered around raising her two daughters.

Well, to save her life Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara kept her in a drug-induced coma for two months. Of course, we immediately agreed to take in her then 13 year old and extremely distraught daughter.

Being the youngest of two daughters and the only one still living at home, our niece wanted to see her mother daily. Every day was expected to be the last for her mother. Cottage kindly offered an apartment for the family to stay in. But there was too much to do in preparation of the possibility of my sister-in-laws death. So one or more of us traveled round trip with my niece to Santa Barbara. Weekdays and weekends.

The recovery process was touch and go. Every time the medical team tried bringing my in-law out of the coma she began to approach death. Her brain would began to shut down.

Doctors Astounded By The Power Of Human Will

Well, after two months of trying the surgeon and staff were successful about bringing my niece’s mother out of the coma. And after half a year of very frustrating speech therapy and physical recovery therapy she was eventually released to us to take home and provide ongoing care. Despite the excellent life-saving care she received in the hospital she was returned to us partially handicapped, both physically and mentally.

During the months of in-facility care and outpatient therapy my life was dedicated to helping her recover. And dedicated to helping my niece return to and maintain a semi-normal childhood. Why me? Since I work from a home office the logical conclusion was that I should be available to assist them. After all, how much trouble could it be to help her transition back to a normal life? I’d probably not even notice them there.

Well, it wasn’t easy. For any of us. The half a year of therapy removed any chance of in-home counseling or physical therapy. Instead, 12+hour days were dedicated to chauffeuring and providing for the two of them. This left little time for me to pursue much of anything else. Imagine a schedule of medical appointments as early as 6:30 a.m. and appointments and care lasting until late evenings and a slew of physical and speech therapy appointments, SSI appointments, shopping for them, and toting my in-law around to a number of pharmacies and government agencies plus taking my niece to and from school and after-school activities. The process was tough on them. And me too.

About Andre Bell
Andre strives to help marketers discover the near-immediate impact of honest ethical marketing practices. He has advised hundreds of business owners on how to keep their dignity as they implement direct response marketing methods that work. Andre is one of only a handful of remaining professionals who can boast having become an online marketer a decade before the World Wide Web came into existence. And as a serial entrepreneur Andre launched his first direct mail business around the age of 12-years old. He has been building and advising ever since.

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