Rancho Los Amigos anybody familiar with it? A special message to you...

  1. Okay so yes... I talk about all of you behind your backs, er monitors! I have one favorite pt/friend in particular and he can't wait to get the latest installment of 'all my nurses!'
    He tells me stories too... about growing up in health care facilities...
    He asked me to post a message from him...
    To the nurses everywhere & especially at Rancho:
    (He really wants to hear from anyone who worked at Rancho Los Amigos during the 60/70's)
    On to his story:
    Do you know how special you are, how much of a difference you make.
    I was in a car wreck when I was a year old. I flew out through the windshield and broke my back at about the chest level severing my spine. They say I was walking when I was 8 months old but now that would all be a thing of the past. The doctors gave me a week to live and I lived that week, and another and another...
    I was in the hospital for a few years until I was transfered to Rancho.
    "Look at those pretty blue eyes!" The words of my earliest memory...
    I shared a room with 5 other kids. The nurses would get us up, (those of us who could get up) and wash us and take us to the school part of the facility.
    When you think of a family you think of a mom/dad kids...
    My nurses were my family.
    Did they love me... When they tucked me in for the night they'd hide candy under my pillow and tell me, "Now don't you tell the head nurse..." And then they'd sing a song, the music to a popular tv show at the time who's star shared the same name with me.
    Christmas, (and all Holidays were usually spent at the facility but I "of course" was special... (I think it was my blue eyes) One of the nurses took me home with her. I looked up at the tree from a cot I had to lay on due to having a body cast but I didn't care because I knew Christmas had finally come.
    "I left Rancho when I was about 7 to go into foster care, but I have many happy memories from there and just wonder if any of the nurses look at your board..." I'd want them to know that even though life has been a struggle, I am making it and doing good! Sometimes things happen and you grow, you change for the experience...
    Tell them I just finished my first semester of college and that I was 8/10's of a point from a 4.0 for the class!
    Last edit by nursegoodguy on Aug 14, '02
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   amblessing
    If you are referring to Rancho Los Amigos in Downey - I grew up and went to school in that town. I haven't been there for over 20 years. I understand the town has changed a great deal, but it sure sounds like the facility and the nurses have remained very special. The quarterback from my high school spent many years at Rancho Los Amigos after he flipped his Jeep on the freeway and ended up a parapalegic

    You are truly an amazing and inspiring individual nursegoodguy! God Bless You :angel2:
  4. by   prmenrs
    I took a tour of Rancho Los Amigos in the 70's--I was doing Infection Control, and the ICN there was on a committee I was on, too. Amazing place!!! Very creative and caring nurses!! I believe it was a county funded facility, so, $$ was almost non-existent.

    There's another facility, Edgemoor, that is the same way. Didn't have money for medication to treat pts w/bedsores ( and they were the only facility in the county that HAD to take them--all the other LTC would refuse) so they put the pts prone on gurneys and took them outside (ALWAYS warm and sunny there--and dry); sores healed!! They called it "heliotherapy".
  5. by   nursegoodguy
    That is the same place in Downey! Exactly!
    He was just hoping maybe... someone there would somehow would get the message and be glad for him that he doing so well and that 'Yes' his nurses still love him and hide candy under his pillow!
    It was in about the mid/late sixties when he was there and when he went on to foster care he still was taken there to attend school.
  6. by   micro
    thanks for sharing nursegoodguy, guiseppe....
    no wonder the humour, the truth behind your posts....
    life is too serious to take so serious all the time......

    no not there, but sounds like for all the pain,
    that if you know if you but can in a small part fill a need....
    life lightens up again, for someone even for a bit......
    thanks again,
    micro in very thoughtful mode lately.....

    rereadable one.....
    Last edit by micro on Aug 10, '02
  7. by   nursegoodguy
    Originally posted by micro
    thanks for sharing nursegoodguy, guiseppe....
    no wonder the humour, the truth behind your posts....
    life is too serious to take so serious all the time......

    no not there, but sounds like for all the pain,
    that it also became a special part and memory for you.....

    thanks again,
    micro in very thoughtful mode lately.....
    Precisely
  8. by   JailRN
    Yep, Rancho is still there, I've never worked there, but every year, the motorcycle club we belong to goes with about a zillion otherrs for a motorcycle show and the patients come out. We know how lucky we are as many of them are there from MC accidents. Gives you a little boost in your heart when the talk to you and tell how they ended up in a chair, or guerney and ooh and aah at the bikes. The stafff are jewels, Icouldn't work there, I'd want to take everybody home.
  9. by   disher
    Nursegoodguy Guiseppe, Your friends story is very moving, I am sure his rehab nurses would love to know they made difference. I have two suggestions for you to try to have his story reach them. The American Association of Spinal Cord Nurses (AASCIN) has a listserv members with e-mail receive messages. The website for listsev is http://www.aascin.org/ListServ.html
    There are some nurses from Rancho Los Amigos who are members of AASCIN perhaps they worked there in the 60's-70s or know someone who did.
    My other suggestion is to try contacting Rancho Los Amigos through their website http://www.rancho.org/
    Good luck getting the story to them.
    PM me if you have any trouble getting onto the listserv, I am a member so can help you out if need be.
  10. by   shygirl
    Giuseppe,


    I am not from there, but I wish I knew this special person. Thanks for sharing!
  11. by   nursegoodguy
    Thanks for the suggestions! You are all the best!
  12. by   l.rae
    Guiseppe, thanks for sharing...l needed a lift....tell your friend he made me smile and feel good about being a nurse......LR
  13. by   nursegoodguy
    Thanks I,rae!
    He does me too Everyday!

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