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A Glimpse Into Death's Waiting Room, The Nursiing Home
By J. Glen Howard   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Sunday, November 01, 2009
Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2009

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This is the story of my 27 days in a nursing home,including the lies I was told to get me there, the misrepresentations that were used in attempting to keep me there, and the unlikely alliance with my roommate that eventually liberated both of us.

I was 67 years old and I could no longer walk,  having finally conceded after a 38 year struggle with ankylosing spondiliitis, a disease that causes the moving parts of your skeleton to become fused.  I had not given up without a fight.  Over the years I had undergone five joint replacement surgeries, three skin grafts, two hernia repairs, transplanted a piece of bone from my hip to my spinal column to strengthen a fractured and compressed vertebra, wore a halo traction for four months and twenty days (But who counted?), and endured various and sundry procedures and treatments recommended by my doctors.  My longest hospital stay was 91 days; my longest stay at a rehabilitaion center was 190 days.  And while all of this was going on, I managed to find time to get married, buy a home, earn a graduate degree, and start a business which I ran for 21 years.  Then my legs stopped working. 


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Reviewed by bob Smith 6/22/2011
That is some story. One that I don't believe I could endure. I thought being bipolar was bad. Mentally it is a struggle but not as much as it had to be with your physical dilemma if I can even call it that rather than a hell on earth.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/31/2009
I agree / Where is the story?
Reviewed by Linda Newton Perry 10/31/2009
What am I missing? Where is the story? Tell us more.
I noticed you just joined authorsden. I like to tell new ones that if they wish reviews they need to give reviews. Just go to an author's den and find something that interests you and tell them so and before you know it you will have reviews of your own and lots of friends.Happy writing. Linda



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