~This is now…~

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~fresh snow on a sheet of ice~35 miles an hour~car begins to slew catawampus~what the hell~he says to her~don’t touch the brakes~left front wheel catches the curb~pitching & rolling~end over end~7 times~thrown through the windshield~smashed like a bug~witness make the 911 call~there’s a dead man on the road~

~this is now~

At my wit’s end, trying to save my brother’s life. He was in an automobile accident Nov. 2, 2011. There is a recap below, a short letter to Tom Martino, consumer advocate extraordinaire in Colorado. My brother is confined to a wheelchair, out of food, and running low on hope. He is in a small house in Commerce City, Adams County, Colorado. The landlord has given him until the end of January to either come up with three months’ rent or get out. He has received a shut-off notice for his utilities and run out of food. He was an active 60-year-old before the accident. He was released from Denver Health December 15th, his pelvis in a cage to support the broken bones. Social Services and patient advocates from Denver Health haven’t returned calls. If you have any information as to how he can receive some professional assistance and human support, please message me at wordwulf@gmail.com .

Please help me save my brother’s life.
My brother, Jack (John Carl Eugene Sterner) was in a one car accident Nov. 2, 2011 58th & Quebec. He was thrown from the car. His torso (rib cage and pelvis) was crushed. He was taken to Denver Health by ambulance and placed in ICUS. I drove to Denver from California, arrived 11/5 and found him there more or less comatose, unable to communicate. I stayed for a couple of weeks, stopped by the hospital the 18th to say goodbye. The lights were off in his room and he was thrashing about wildly. As I reached to open the door, a nurse advised me he was agitated and should be left alone. I told her he was my brother and I’d like to try to calm him down. “He’s kicking at us,” she advised me. “He’s unconscious, is unaware what he’s doing,” I replied. “He can’t communicate. Even if he was conscious he couldn’t speak because of the tracheotomy.” “He can communicate well enough to mouth “fuck you” to me,” she said angrily.

I was elated and she was pissed. She finally told me to go in and do whatever I wanted with him. I left the next day. The day after that his hair was cut off. I felt this was done in reprisal for his unconscious behavior and filed a complaint with the hospital, advising them we are of Cherokee descent and our hair is sacred to us. I wanted it back to give to my brother when he woke up. I have a letter of apology from the hospital explaining the hair is gone.

~that was then~

December 15th Jack was released from the hospital. In the three weeks since he has been out, other than appointments at the hospital, he has received no assistance from them, social services, etc. My wife and I have exhausted ourselves in the runaround between Social Services, Disability, Denver Health, Social Security, etc. A Colorado native, it is unbelievable to me that a human being would be so treated. In the struggle to assist him from here we have acquired power of attorney to fill out and file paperwork on his behalf. We have been bounced from person to person, agency to agency, and NOTHING has happened. He has been given 30 days to vacate the rental house he lives in at 5450 Newport St. #C. He’s received a shut-off notice for his utilities. Friends and relatives have struggled to load him into their vehicles, fearful of dropping and further injuring him. He weighed 180 pounds two months ago. Now he weighs 110 and is confined to a wheelchair, elated that he can at least pull himself into a walker and make it to the bathroom to take a leak.

I believe my brother is being treated badly because he has no money, no resources. Further that he is not a part of mainstream society and not worth the effort afforded a “normal” citizen. I’ve watched you and your work for many years and have faith in your convictions. Please help me save my brother’s life. Don’t let them throw him away.

Respectfully,
Tom Sterner

~that was then~

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Whoa, crap. Add some tags, get this on facebook - write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, get the tv to do a story on his situation.

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author avatar WordWulf
8th Jan 2012 (#)

I wrote this to send to the hospital, the Denver Post & consumer advocate, Tom Martino. The hospital responded but only to say services after a patient is checked out aren't their responsibility. I'm continuing my attack, going after Adult Protective Services, Social Services, etc. next. I appreciate your concern.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Jan 2012 (#)

I agree - your brother IS being treated badly. He should have all of the benefits and awards going to make his life good again - and give his life some quality. He deserves nothing less.

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author avatar WordWulf
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank-you, Sheila. It is wonderful, a big help, to hear from real people. So far the media has ignored me, the hospital has okey-doked me, but I am persistent and will keep up the fight. My brother is the sad subject of my second novel, Momma's Rain. You're right, he deserves to have a chance to live a hopeful and healthful life.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jan 2012 (#)

I feel for your brother and this lacks the basic human courtesy that is much needed in this world. think you need to get it out there to the press and create an awareness. Perhaps a petition and rounding other victims in similar situations would actually help in getting the justice that you require for your brother.
Ask the hospital to give it to you in writing that it is not their responsibility and you can take that as evidence to the media that they are failing in their responsibility. Get two copies of all. If they are unwilling to give a letter, write what they have told you then and there on their letter head or on a blank sheet of paper and get the person who said it to sign it with the official seal.
It will give you the backing to fight your case.
Take care of your brother, he needs all the love and support that he can get.

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author avatar WordWulf
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you for your compassionate reply. I did receive a letter of apology for the taking of his hair but acquiring one for their refusing to provide services or counseling upon his release is beyond my reasoning. A signed document would help. I'll go for that next!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Jan 2012 (#)

This is beyond unconscionable. The system grinds people down, chews them up and throws them away like half-eaten garbage. To cut off your brother's sacred locks is beyond cruel. God damn them! I wondered why I hadn't seen any posts from you lately Wordwulf. I can't offer financial help, but my prayers are with you and your family.

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author avatar WordWulf
8th Jan 2012 (#)

Good to hear from you, Steve. 33 years ago this same hospital ignored my father while he was in their care following an embolism. I found out they were not treating him upon orders from my grandmother and called my lawyer. He advised me, since I was a writer, to write administrators of the hospital. He added that my father would probably be too far gone to save but I would have the letter as proof to myself that I had done everything possible to support him. The administrators put me in charge after receiving my letter but it was too late. He died in their room bleeding from bed sores acquired because his body hadn't been rotated. It is beyond my comprehension that I am going through this again all these years later. Jack has been out of hospital 24 days and hasn't been visited by a single qualified person. A friend of mine who had a quadruple heart bypass last year & died 3 times on the operating table went with her husband to give my brother a ride to the hospital. They dropped him on the way to the car and bent one of the bolts in the cage supporting his pelvis. My wife, Kathy, is handing the names of people and organizations that have refused to assist Jack. She is a human resources recruiting manager at a hospital and is nonplussed at the treatment she has received from them. I'll attack them with words &, hopefully, have better luck than I did with my Dad. I appreciate your compassionate response.

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