Background: October 3, 2017, my husband was released from the hospital.
My husband had a life threatening infection requiring surgery on his leg which left three open wounds; one very large wound that was 2 1/2 inches deep. He suffered greatly and the size and complexity of the wound that was attached to a wound vac machine often alarmed at night because of leakage and blockage. If the machine shut itself off or slowed down we had a two hour window before infection set in. To our shock and disbelief, home health agencies would not come out at night to assist with this, they don't consider it an emergency. The stress and worry over what to do was awful. We prayed for help, we considered hiring a trained CNA to stay at our home at night or paying an off duty nurse to be on call.
I saw Amy in the yard and we chatted. (Amy and her family are new neighbors and we seldom saw each other except to wave) When I told Amy about my husband and what we were going through she revealed to me that she had been a Wound Care Nurse and had worked in a Burn Unit. I was speechless! Amy insisted on helping us, refused payment. She made herself available to meet with the agency wound care nurse to watch the procedure and ask questions.
The night of October 26 my husband had a serious leakage, I called Amy in a panic and she came over immediately. Amy had to unpack the dressing in the large wound and redo it completely. Since that night we have had to call her three or four other times at night to assist us. Amy also checked our medical supplies to insure we had everything we needed and calls regularly to check on us, to see if we need anything.
Rick Ogden and Jack Little
Join your neighbors and the Highland Lakes Women's Club in congratulating Rick Ogden (Grove Park Circle) and Jack Little (Southledge) for being the first recipients of the 'Highland Lakes Good Samaritan' award.
Rick was recognized for his generous actions that resulted in Bob Browning recovering his cell phone and tablet after it slid off the top of his car at the intersection of Highland Lakes Drive and Highway 280. Rick 'chased' Bob and his wife for several miles to ensure they got their electronic devices (along with credit cards and paperwork!) Rick claims that "Anyone would have done the same thing" but we think he's pretty special and a GREAT neighbor.
Jack was instrumental in getting Jamie, a stray who turned up in HighlandLakes, cleaned up, healthy and living happily in a forever home earlier this year. He generously shared his honor with a number of HighlandLakes residents as well as the Shelby County Humane Society. Thank you, Jack, for being so thoughtful!