JoeAnna's House

151 Reasons and Counting to be Grateful

It was December 30, 2020. The holidays were drawing near. George prepared a care package of cookies and headed out, hoping to catch the local garbage man as he made his weekly route in their hometown of Creston, B.C. His wife, Jean, was in the kitchen preparing for the upcoming holiday festivities. After some time, she sensed that George had been gone too long.

Jean walked out of the house and saw flashing lights. As she approached the scene, a passerby stopped her. The woman said, “He told us your name was Jean when he was still awake. Come sit in my car, he’s very injured.”

As Jean sat in the car, she saw an emergency worker walk by with an object in his hands, covered by a blanket. “I knew it was his arm,” said Jean.

George, with his bundle of cookies, had been accidentally run over by the giant garbage truck.

George was transported to the Creston Valley Hospital, where Jean would soon learn the gravity of his injuries. His arm was severed, he’d lost a lot of blood, his right leg was severely damaged, and his pelvis was broken.

Indeed, traumatic accidents do not yield for pandemics. In their wake, families and loved ones from across the southern interior of B.C. find themselves at the door of JoeAnna’s House.

George was transported to the Creston Valley Hospital, where Jean would soon learn the gravity of his injuries. His arm was severed, he’d lost a lot of blood, his right leg was severely damaged, and his pelvis was broken.

Indeed, traumatic accidents do not yield for pandemics. In their wake, families and loved ones from across the southern interior of B.C. find themselves at the door of JoeAnna’s House.

The plane arrived to take George to Kelowna General Hospital. There he would receive the specialized, advanced care he needed from the teams of specialists – vascular, orthopedic, and plastic surgeons; specialized nursing for wound and enterostomal care; an internist, hospitalist, and physiotherapist, to name a few. It would be a long haul.

Jean arrived, alone, at JoeAnna’s House on January 1. In the 151 days (and counting) since, she has become family. She is hoping that she and George, both in their seventies, can go home sometime this June.

 

“I couldn’t have done this without JoeAnna’s House. I am incredibly grateful. I have been here for over 100 days. Had I stayed in a hotel by myself, at $100 per night, it would have been unaffordable and unbearably lonely. I would have had to go back home and leave George. He would not have improved as quickly as he has. There is a group of us long-timers here. We have helped one another so much.”

 

Meanwhile, all things considered, George is in great spirits. He calls his arm “Stumpy”.

JoeAnna’s House has remained open to receiving families in need through the pandemic. Thanks to the continued generosity of donors, people like Jean have a beautiful, safe home-away-from-home and a family to welcome them in.

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