Story by Jane McCarthy
Yukako is a N2N member who participates in our Health Network. When she pushed a revolving door in an Tribeca office building her life changed. A woman rushing on the other side of the door jammed Yukako between the doors, pinning Yukako and giving her a broken collar bone and a broken pelvis.
After four days in the New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital she was sent to Village Care Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for over three weeks stay for daily therapy until she could walk on her own. That was when she contacted our Health Network.
Several N2N members visited Yukako at VCR and her apartment, took her on walks that, originally, were really painful for her. Along with her therapists and friends we helped her go from wheelchair to a cane – and NOW – almost back to normal, Yukako goes about on her own on foot and by subway!
In the interim she introduced us to a fabulous tiny restaurant: Aux Epices at 121 Baxter St. It’s well worth a special visit.
The N2N Health Network (also called “N4N”) is lead by N2N board member, Jane McCarthy. Participating in the N4N is open to all N2N participants who attend a training session on respecting privacy and setting boundaries, after which members sign an agreement to participate. Health Network participants share recommendations on healthcare providers through moderated and anonymous e-mail communications, accompany other members to doctor’s visits when asked, and provide support – as demonstrated in the story above – when the unexpected happens. We hope to have another training session for those who are interested in 2020. – Lonnie Stewart