77-year-old Carmen Koebbe sat back in her hospital room recliner. Her nurse and daughter had encouraged her to spend some time sitting up, promising that it would aid with her recovery. Still, just a few days after having heart surgery, it was no easy task.
My name is Darren Gabbert, and I have an advanced form of muscular dystrophy called Type 2 – Spinal Muscular Atrophy. This genetic condition affects the nerves that control muscle movement. Type 2 of this disease is characterized by moderate onset and progressive weakness in arms, legs, lower torso, and respiratory muscles.
"When I am hospitalized, it can be a scary. Boone does everything it can to make things better for me. I’m Catholic, and I appreciate having a priest come to my bed and praying with me during my stay and even bring me communion,” says Cindy. “I also love how the volunteers bring me cards from my family and friends during my stay. I hold them close to me while I sleep and they make me feel so much better. I even get massages and manicures right in my hospital bed! There is nothing like human touch to make you feel better when you are ill. This is a very special place.”
When Shari Bullard first came to Boone Hospital in 1981, she was still deciding if she wanted to be a nurse or a teacher. At the time, Shari was a nurse’s aide on what was then called the Cardiac Unit, working on weekends while attending at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She had received her nurse’s aide training from a Boone Hospital class taught over the summer.
“I think nursing was my calling,” says Kelli Herbold, a Registered Nurse on Boone Hospital Center’s Medical Specialties unit. “I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love being a nurse.”
When planning for the end of life, many people think about the gifts they would like to leave their loved ones.
They create wills to divide up their belongings. They plan for savings and assets to be given to family or charitable causes.
The Boone Hospital Foundation has received a $20,000 donation in honor of the hospital’s Supportive Care service.
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