While Alice recuperated from her stroke at Legacy Rehabilitative Institute of Oregon (RIO), I observed a cooperative medical team in action. I do not use the word “team” lightly, like many in the corporate world do. I use “team” in the highest sense; they’re restoring lives.
While staying with Alice at the highly regarded facility in central Portland, I observed a medical team put its collective conscience to work on stroke sufferers, and witnessed members of patients’ families glean unexpected insights. Each member of RIO’s team works in tandem (kind of funny, since Alice and I live on “Tandem Way”), keeping each patient so busy that former dwellers there term the experience “boot camp.”
I want this post to pay tribute to the women and men who look after patients there. Alice and I spoke with one particular neuropsychologist, Dr. Diane Pierce, who found Alice’s decision to go public with her stroke laudable. And she agreed heartily when the idea of writing about Alice’s new life was floated.
What do you think? Should the subject of strokes become de-mystified?
Every writer needs a mission. Making a difference has always tugged at my heart.
How could I refuse such a challenge?