GRANDMA TECHNO CHECKS IN | 20 Images

Some projects we choose, and others choose us. “Grandma Techno Checks In” tells the story of three weeks in early 2018 when I was hospitalized for flu-related problems exacerbated by the chronic progressive MS I have lived with since 1988. Once the infection was under control, I was transferred to an inpatient physical rehabilitation center for extensive physical and occupational therapy to help me regain my strength and mobility. This was my first hospitalization since 1966.

 

The only thing over which I felt I had any control was taking iPhone photos and posting them on Instagram with text that told the story of what I was experiencing. From the start it was the people that I wanted to photograph – those medical professionals and health care workers who receive little thanks or recognition for doing jobs that are often difficult and sometimes downright unpleasant. Every interaction I had and each individual I encountered made me feel like they really cared about me, and wanted to see me get better. I only hope this exhibition that was seen at Photoville 2018 in Brooklyn, NY will help others see these people through my eyes and appreciate the difference they make in people’s lives in times of pain, stress and sickness, because they have certainly made a difference in mine.

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In emergency room waiting to be admitted to hospital on 1-25-18
In emergency room waiting to be admitted to hospital on 1-25-18
hospital environmental services aide Antoinette
hospital environmental services aide Antoinette
my hospital nursing assistants Hannah and Aris
my hospital nursing assistants Hannah and Aris
hospital nutritional services aide CeCe
hospital nutritional services aide CeCe
my first hospital shower
my first hospital shower
my hospital RN Jayane at nursing station
my hospital RN Jayane at nursing station
late night visit by Infectious Diseases specialist
late night visit by Infectious Diseases specialist
my hospital nursing assistant Armani
my hospital nursing assistant Armani
hospital phlebotomist Brittany drawing my blood
hospital phlebotomist Brittany drawing my blood
EMS drivers Hunter & Angela transfer me to inpatient rehab center
EMS drivers Hunter & Angela transfer me to inpatient rehab center
my day RN Johnelle at rehab center
my day RN Johnelle at rehab center
rehab center physical therapist Rachel stretches my legs
rehab center physical therapist Rachel stretches my legs
rehab center occupational therapist exercises my hands
rehab center occupational therapist exercises my hands
my rehab physical therapist Greg stretches my hip flexor muscles
my rehab physical therapist Greg stretches my hip flexor muscles
my husband Eddie during one of his daily visits
my husband Eddie during one of his daily visits
I rest in bed after working out with my rehab center PT Greg
I rest in bed after working out with my rehab center PT Greg
my rehab center patient care technician Kawana
my rehab center patient care technician Kawana
rehab center director after his 6 AM rounds
rehab center director after his 6 AM rounds
my rehab center patient care technician Anna
my rehab center patient care technician Anna
looking down the rehab center hall on my last night 2-13-18
looking down the rehab center hall on my last night 2-13-18