Sometimes we get referred a patient that needs multiple pieces of medical equipment and we just don't have everything. Because we rely on donations, sometimes inventory varies but, I kid you not, for some reason it always works out. I recently delivered a wheelchair and walker to a 15 yr old over at Children's Hospital. The case manager indicated that he also needed a shower seat. I told Colleen, "nope we don't have one right now, but I am sure we will have one soon". She looked at me suspiciously and asked me if I had other resources or if I were going to go buy one. I told her with utmost confidence, "Colleen, this is how my life has been working out for the past two years- trust me, I can almost guarantee, we will get one in the next day or so".
Shower seats are not common- we have been donated 2 shower seats in the past year but for some reason, I just simply knew it would all work out. I left and went about my day.
It wasn't until Monday that I received a voice message from a woman. She told me her mother had just passed away and she was wanting to donate an item, but was not sure if we would take the item and to please call her back. I returned the call, inquired about the item and learned her donation in question was a shower seat.
Coincidence or serendipity...who knows. But, we all managed to work together to make sure our kiddo, Jonathan, had a solution.
Shower chairs might not sound that grand. But, this is one less piece of equipment his working family has to worry about, one less piece of equipment headed to a landfill and one less headache for Jonathan who is simply trying to adjust to his new life in a wheelchair, so that he can focus on recovering and healing.