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7/14/2017 7:27:00 AM
Kindness during a trying time

To the Editor:

My mother, Verna Kohler Bloom, is a resident at Sunny Side Care Center in Lake Park, Minn. My mother is 107 years of age, born March 22, 1910.

Born in Becker County in Minnesota, a farming area and had eight brothers and sisters.

The story I wanted to share is one that touched my heart and many others and to me was a random act of kindness.

I was a patient at Avanti Nursing and Rehab due to an injury - the end result for me was a positive one. Thanks to all the great care and concern for my situation from Avanti.

When I was at Avanti, the director of nursing in Minnesota, by the name of Lori Olson, R.N., contacted Sheryl Mirr, R.N., director of nursing at Avanti, to speak to her. My mother was failing fast and not expected to live throughout the days, which was so sad for me.

Together, with the two of them plus Jessica, R.N.; Amber, CNA; and Adam, employee with his phone, I was able to speak to my mother and see her (Skype) from Wisconsin to northern Minnesota at her bedside.

Miracles do happen; my mother somehow survived and the next day was sitting up and having her morning cup of coffee - and smiling. My mother is still with us, drinking her morning coffee - with good days and bad days. I am planning a visit to her as soon as possible.

Thanks to Lori Olson, R.N.; and Sheryl Mirr, R.N.; Jessica, R.N; Amber, CNA; and Adam. I will never forget the kindness given to me at a trying time.

I am sure there are comparable situations in other nursing and rehab centers in the area who have reached out also, but this was my personal experience and I wanted to share it with others and tell about wonderful people.

In closing, thank you to Brian at The Lakeland Times, Sunny Side Care Center in Minnesota and Avanti Rehab Center for making this possible for me at a trying time. I will never forget it, believe me.

Joanne Bloom Bock

Lakeland area resident

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