Please pray for Waly's speedy recovery.
|As you may have heard, on January 17th, 2013, Waly was attacked and severely bitten by 2 pit bull dogs as she was walking up the street to get her mail at the mailbox. Her son Gary heard her cries for help and rushed to her aid and was able to get the dogs off her. Waly was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital where she is currently in their care and facing further surgery and treatment. Waly requests and needs your prayers as she goes through this trying time.|
|Click here for the Press Enterprise article on the dog attack.|
|Click here for the Channel 2 and 9 follow-up on 1-29-13.|
The attack was severe. But Waly has a strong spirit and great friends and God's help. She has shown progress, but is still very much "up and down" with the pain and medications. She is facing another round of surgery as soon as doctors feel it's the right time to close up large wounds on her right leg. Waly has had days where she is up to having visitors, but still requires a lot of rest. As she gets stronger she will certainly enjoy more company.
5-5-13 The Latest from Waly (Waly will be celebrating her 85th birthday next week on May 12th):
To All My Friends. (from Waly)
God is always with us!
When we walk through life’s valleys, God is our strength.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
That is God’s word to us.
I am getting better every day. Thank you for your prayers!
With Love, Waly Nichols
1-24-13 Waly is still fighting an infection in the two large wounds on her right leg. She will be getting a negative pressure wound vacuum applied to those wounds tomorrow to help promote the progress required before skin grafts can be done. Waly was also bitten on the arms, hands, face and head; those wounds have been treated, sewen up, and appear to be healing. Please pray that all goes well for Waly tomorrow and that the proceedure is successful and that the rest of her recovery is speedy.
1-26-13 Waly has had the infections in her leg treated and now has the negative pressure wound vacuum to aid in the healing. Both Teresa Moreno, who's been there tirelessly for Waly throughout this ordeal, and Waly's son Gary, where at her bedside before and after the surgery. Waly went through the proceedure well and we hope this will lead to her full recovery. Thanks for your continued prayers as they mean a lot to Waly and give her strength.
1-30-13 Waly was in good spirits yesterday and thanks everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers. We are waiting to hear how the treatment for the infections is progressing as the leg wounds are still causing a considerable amount of pain for Waly. For the first time yesterday, Waly was able to get into a wheel chair and be wheeled around the floor by her therapist and her son Ray. She was happy to be out of the hospital bed for a while.
1-31-13 So many wonderful people from the community have sent messages of concern, hope and wishes for Waly's speedy recovery. We thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and donations, and the strength that it gives to Waly when she knows so many people care. Today Waly's doctor said he believes the negative pressure proceedure coupled with antibiotics is working well at fighting the infections in Waly's leg. He hopes to be able to perform the nessesary skin grafts sometime next week if all remains on track.
2-4-13 Waly has been steadily improving and personally thanks everyone for their many messages, well wishes, prayers, and donations. On Sunday morning she went in for surgery for skin grafts on her right leg. After the surgery Waly appears to be doing well, and we all hope the skin grafts take with no problems.
2-10-13 Good news on Waly's progress and all your prayers and best wishes. The infections appear to be healing and Waly's skin grafts appear to have been successful. Her doctors believe she is well enough to be released from the hospital to a rehabilitation center, Waly is in good spirits and eating well.
2-13-13 Waly has been transferred to Community Care and Rehabilitation Center in Riverside. The transfer posed administrative problems, but Waly stuck thorough it all and we hope the issues will be settled between Facility staff, Riverside Medical Clinic (RMC), Scan Health Plan, and Waly Nichols and her family.
2-15-13 Waly is now comfortable and doing well in her new surroundings. The issues around the transfer of Waly's care from Riverside Community Hospital to the facility, Community Care and Rehabilitation Center, through the managed care of Riverside Medical Clinic (RMC), through Scan Health Plan has lead Waly's family members down a road of confusion and left Waly laying on a transportation gurney for hours while the lack of promised accommodations were being dealt with. Previous Doctors' and Nurses' advice and orders (from Riverside Community Hospital) were not followed. In trying to resolve the problems, facility staff attempted to contact numerous medical vendors and suppliers who informed the staff that they refuse to do business with Riverside Medical Clinic (RMC) and would not supply what was being sought after, (why is RMC's reputation such that some industry members refuse to work with them?). It appears a new medical "team" has been put in place that forces the family to fight for Waly's best care, rather than the new team being advocates for their patient's best care. After many hours of phone calls by a family member, still no clear definition of the hierarchy of the new "team" or the names, license numbers and contact information of those on the new "team" has been made available even though that team is making decisions on Waly's care. Because other members of the public may currently experience similar issues or face similar problems in the future, we will expand this website with additional pages that detail issues we're coming across as well as an additional MESSAGE/FORUM BOARD for MEDICAL CARE where people can chime in on their thoughts and experiences on current medical practices and where Medical Professionals can clarify and help in our understanding.
2-17-13 Waly continues to improve and is now in a daily minimal exercise program and is also in therapy to regain strength in her right leg. Waly still can not put pressure on the leg, but is practicing with a walker and able to move across the room. The earlier issues with Waly's accommodations and previous doctor ordered bed equipment appear to have been resolved when RMC submitted/re-submitted those requests to Scan Health Plan. We are all thankful for this positive outcome as it allows Waly far greater comfort with the many hours she's still required to remain in a bed. All your good thoughts and prayers have made a remarkable difference and it's great to see Waly, now, so strongly moving forward in her healing.
2-29-13 Waly has had an appointment with her surgeon from the Riverside Community Hospital days, and it's great news to hear that he's very pleased with the skin grafts and healing process on her right leg. He has given her the okay to work the leg more in therapy.
3-5-13 Waly's improvements continue, she is making progress with the walker and is able to get a bit further down the hall day by day. She is happy these days to have visitors and appreciates everyones good thoughts and wishes. Today we were told she will be released to her home on Tuesday.
3-6-13 On a re-evaluation, it was decided that Waly will remain with the center a few more days for additional therapy. Later in the day we were told she will be released on Saturday. We need to get her house ready for her return, lots to do. More issues arrising with Waly's medical management, for more on that please visit the Forum for Medical Care page
3-11-13 Waly is doing well and has been released to her home... But what an ordeal. Two of Waly's sons were arrested for theft when they moved Waly's mattress to her house, as they had been instructed to do by both the mattress owner (SUPERCARE) and Scan health plan (Waly's insurance provider).
***The following events are accurate from our perspective and contain information as we have experienced it or received it. As events progress we will continue to update.
Staff and eventually the Director of Community Care and Rehabilitation Center told police that they wish to file a citizens arrest and press charges for theft of the Supercare owned mattress contracted to Waly for her use; Supercare has since reaffirmed to us that "COMMUNITY CARE and REHABILITATION CENTER in Riverside HAS NO OWNERSHIP RIGHT OF THE MATTRESS" Given that we had, and produced for inspection, a Supercare contract that lists Waly as the "Customer and Responsible Party", Community Care and Rehabilitation Center's actions appear to be nothing short of a case of false arrest and false imprisonment for the otherwise authorized moving of the mattress. If this type of "Managed Health Care" disaster is of concern to you, read more about this in the Forum for Medical Care page.
***The previous events are accurate from our perspective and contain information as we have experienced it or received it. As events progress we will continue to update.
3-21-13 Waly is doing well and able to walk more day by day. She has asked to deliver this personal message to all who have shown so much support and care:
3-22-13 Today Waly was very happy to hear that Riverside Police Detectives have confirmed the ownership of her alternating pressure mattress and have determined that Waly and her family did absolutely have the right to do whatever they wanted with the mattress and that Community Care and Rehabilitation Center is in the wrong for filing false arrest charges for theft of a mattress they did not own or did not have any possessive right or control over. Police Detectives are closing the case and dropping all charges and have suggested the family seek civil damages and other appropriate action against Community Care and Rehabilitation Center for their wrongful actions. More about this in the Forum for Medical Care page.
4-14-13 As Waly continues to improve, she again thanks everyone for their messages of strength and comfort, and also thanks all who have so kindly donated to her continued care. Your good thoughts and prayers have helped Waly through a very tough time. Waly's progress continues daily... many many thanks to all who have helped keep Waly strong.
We will continue to update the Forum for Medical Care page as the legalities surrounding this event unfold. We hope to hear from Community Care and Rehabilitation Center in the forum section to explain their position on the arrest of two of Waly's sons for moving a mattress that Community Care and Rehabilitation Center has no authority or ownership over. We also hope to clarify to others seeking information on Community Care and Rehabilitation Center, in Riverside, if such false arrests may befall them for utilizing Community Care and Rehabilitation Center services. We also wish to understand why Community Care and Rehabilitation Center claims ownership of medical equipment that is apparently not theirs to claim.
We will continue to update this page on Waly's progress as time progresses, so please check back and please keep Waly in your prayers.
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|Waly is facing a tough road of ongoing medical care and recuperation. If you would like to make a donation to help with her care, please visit the DONATIONS PAGE of this website.|
|Waly has been a part of the Riverside and Jurupa Valley community since she moved here in 1963, where she and her husband David raised 3 sons. Waly has been active in church and charity groups and has always had a passion for the Lord and a very generous heart. That passion is evident in her many writings. She also enjoys crafting cards, and teddy bear and flower photography. We'd like to share some, and one of her recent seasonal writings with you:|
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