Dorothy’s Story

Site created on May 3, 2020

Dorothy had a stroke late in the evening on May 1, 2020. She was then admitted to Providence Medical Center in Everett. Dorothy's family has set up this online space to share news about her status and health. We will provide updates as they come and you may write messages of encouragement for Dorothy.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Katie Richmond

On Monday, Dorothy fell and broke her ankle. This morning, she returned to the hospital for surgery to repair the break. She was able to speak with the anesthesiologist beforehand so she was prepared for what to expect. The procedure was an open reduction and internal fixation, which means the bones in Dorothy's ankle were arranged back in their proper alignment and then stabilized with a pin to keep them in place while the injury heals. Her doctors said the surgery was a success and they expect her to make a full recovery. She is now back at the rehabilitation center, with her ankle immobilized in a boot cast.

We're very appreciative of the staff at the rehabilitation center, who have been supporting Dorothy in both her medical and spiritual recovery—this has lifted her spirits and helped her feel more like herself as she heals.

Back on Orcas Island, Ramona has arranged for the free loan of a hospital bed for Dorothy to use. She and Dorothy's sister-in-law, Karisa Kuhn-Wolff, have also prepped the living room at Dorothy's house and will paint it tomorrow. A huge thank you to the Orcas Island Lions Club, which has offered to loan mobility equipment to Dorothy when she returns home. We continue to be humbled and deeply grateful at the outpouring of generosity and support for Dorothy from her community on Orcas Island.
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