Imagine being so poor you have your utilities including water turned off for months. Imagine that your spouse who suffered a stroke now requires full-time care while you try to hold down a job and provide for your family that includes two teenagers. Consider that your job pays you a bit too much to qualify for Medicaid and far too little to purchase health insurance. Imagine having diabetes with so little food in the house that your blood sugar drops, sometimes so low you almost pass out before swallowing jelly from the food kitchen to bring your sugar levels up.
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Then imagine developing an infection in your foot so bad you have to have an amputation. Finally, imagine the surgeon tells you that you must do a daily dressing change and take an IV medicine four hours every day for six weeks because the infection is in your bone and moving upward. Plus you are deaf and learning disabled...
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Now imagine there is no one to help. The home nursing group declined to work out of your home that had the utilities shut off while you were in the hospital. No one is there to help you get your life-saving medicine. No one is there to help change your dressings. .
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Stop imagining, because this was a real situation. Where would you turn?..
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In this true situation, Larry turned to the only safety net clinic with staff willing and able to provide this level of care- Family Health Care on Southwest Boulevard. 
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Family Health Care worked out donated medications. We cleaned and re-dressed the amputation site daily. We provided four or more hours of IV therapy every day for six weeks (yes, including Sundays and holidays) at Family Health Care.  We got help with food. All the support needed to help save Larry's leg and life...
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Nicole, Shanita, Samantha, Caroline, Dirk and other volunteers and staff at Family Health Care pitched in. These and others gave time away from their own families on weekends and holidays, they provided needed care.
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We served the patient. This is what we do at Family Health Care.

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