Our names are Alicia and Breanne. Rita is our mom and we would like to share her story with you.
Anybody who knows her would describe her as one of the most generous, nurturing and loving people they know. With a smile on her face and a positive outlook on any position, she is always the first person to accept any responsibility and finds great joy in taking care of others.
The story that follows, is how the table turns and now she needs us to take care of her.
On Nov.2, 2012, our mom at the young and active age of 58, was getting ready to take her dog, Nelly, for a quick walk in the cool air of Vista, CA. The next moment would change her life forever. She fell from the top of her staircase inside her home down to the first floor.
She was rushed to the Trauma unit in the ER. After hours of x-rays, CAT scans and MRI's we got the news that she had broken her neck and severed part of her spinal cord. The doctor's prognosis was she will have little to no feeling or movement from the neck down and she may never walk again.
Once enough swelling went down, she had her c1,c2,c3 vertebrae fused and bone from her hip used to help support parts of her spine that were very fragile. She is now stable enough to have Physical Therapy 5 days per week and is living in an acute physical therapy center that specializes in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. She has around the clock care from nurses and doctors that shower her, feed her and do all the little things we all take for granted. It is very important that she gets the best therapy and care right now to make sure the living cells don't die.
She has been making progress that the doctors told her she would never have, and we are believing for a full recovery. We are very excited to report that today she is able to move her arms and hands, and even wiggle her feet! She has gotten a little feeling back in her feet and parts of her hands and fingers. We know its a long road ahead, but she will be better than she was. She has said that she knows whatever comes of this, she knows she was put here for a reason and maybe its to help others who aren't handling it so well. Rita's personal goal is to be at Isabelle's (her granddaughter) first birthday in Arizona and to hold her two granddaughters again.
Her best friend and soul mate, Tommy, has been by her side every moment since her accident. He continues her physical therapy when the therapists are done for the day.
Since she is unable to hold a pen, Tommy has been taking care of all the many insurance documents and various forms that are needed to continue this long process. His love for her is transparent and we are so blessed and thankful he is a part of her and our lives to be there when we cannot.
On Dec. 31, 2012 Rita was let go from her position at work and her insurance was cut off from that point. Tommy is having to move and sell off all their personal belongings since they are in a live/work property to be closer to her. He is trying to get a job driving a cab, as well as pick up side jobs to pay for a place to live close to our mom and help pay expenses.
We have tried to transfer her to Arizona, where we are, so Tommy would stay with us while caring for her during the days, but she is not stable enough for the trip. When the time comes, for her to be in Arizona, insurance will not pay for her transportation or to convert their van into a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
There are a few pieces of medical equipment she needs to get around and be somewhat independent that insurance will not pay for so we are hoping with everyones help and small or large donations we can help our mom get the equipment she needs.
PLEASE help us make sure she continues to get the best treatment and that an insurance bill is the last of her worries! We know not everyone can contribute with monetary donations, but you can repost and share this with your friends, family and co-workers. Facebook and Twitter are both great ways you can help Rita.
We love all of you for listening and may God bless you always!