The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.13

The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.13

Our new room on the second floor had a nice big window that allowed sunshine to fill Steve’s room each morning. This made all of us happy. The window represented a world beyond the hospital where birds still played in the trees and clouds floated by on a beautiful late spring day. This window brought us hope that a world beyond IV’s, heart monitors…

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The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.14

The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.14

While Steve was on the second floor of ICU, his mom, sister, and I began to feel like we had a little more breathing room for ourselves. Steve wasn’t considered to be in extreme critical condition any more. He was now in recovery, so this gave us a little more time to consider what we needed for our own personal care…

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The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.15

The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.15

By June fourth, Steve had been in the ICU for a month. His mental confusion was beginning to clear enough that he could have small conversations with us. His throat was still very sore and weak, so he still whispered, but at least he was making more sense. I was beginning to see a glimmer of my sweet husband returning…

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The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.16

The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.16

A nice young woman from the hospital walked into Steve’s room on our third day in Three West. She said she needed to talk to me about after care. She was a liaison between the Flagstaff hospital and various rehabilitation facilities in Arizona. She asked me what kind of insurance we had and I told her none…

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The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.17

The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.17

Around the time Steve’s chemo was given, he got a new nurse named Audrey. Audrey had been a rehab nurse and knew how to handle patients like Steve. She was a powerhouse of energy and would burst into the room with a big smile and big plans for Steve’s day. She didn’t allow Steve to feel bad. She made sure he got a shower…

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The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.18

The Making of Milagro Man: A Story of Miracles and Love,Ch.18

Audrey readied Steve for his 10:00am transfer to the rehab hospital. I had eaten my breakfast and was ready to go when suddenly the driver from the rehab hospital showed up and transfer activities were quickly set into motion. There was no time to say our final goodbyes, Steve was quickly loaded onto a stretcher…

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