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Gary

Gary

Gary got a spinal cord injury when he was 19 years old. He was injured in a car accident when he was a passenger and the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Gary also has bipolar disorder, which makes it hard for him to plan things well. He also uses drugs to try to make the disorder easier to manage. One time, Gary lost his apartment. His friends let him sleep on their couches, but this led to Gary getting a pressure ulcer (which is what a doctor or nurse calls a pressure sore or bedsore). Gary was afraid of hospitals, so he didn't get treatment until the pressure ulcer was serious.

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Gary and Mitch both did a lot of hanging out with friends, without remembering about pressure reliefs. They both got pressure ulcers.

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Some people live with friends. Gary "couch-surfed" at his friends' houses.

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If you already have a pressure ulcer, drinking or doing drugs can make it get worse. Gary had a pressure ulcer that got infected because his partying had made it harder for his body to fight off illnesses.

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Gary is a young man. He lived in a nursing home. The other people who lived there were a lot older. Gary didn't have anyone to talk to. He didn't have anything to do during the day. Gary spoke up for himself. He got moved to another place, a rehab center where he had people to talk to and more things to do.

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Your friends and family care about you. Sometimes they can create a problem for you by mistake. Gary's friends came to visit him at his nursing home. They caused trouble by being too loud and breaking the rules. Gary got kicked out because of his friends. He got kicked out of the next nursing home for the same reason. His friends let Gary "couch-surf" (sleep on the couch) at their homes. It was nice for them to let him stay, but it was still a lot of stress. Gary's life was full of confusion. He got a pressure ulcer.

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Gary had a pressure ulcer. He went to the hospital. His friends came to visit. Gary's friends were rowdy. This broke the hospital's rules. Gary got kicked out of the hospital. Gary moved into a nursing home. His friends came to visit again. His friends were rowdy again. This broke the nursing home's rules. Gary got kicked out of the nursing home. Gary felt confused. He got a pressure ulcer.

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Gary did a lot of drugs with his friends. He got a pressure ulcer, and had to have surgery. Gary's friends came to see him at the hospital. His friends were rowdy. Being noisy breaks the rules at the hospital. Gary got kicked out of the hospital because of his friends. He moved to a nursing home. His friends came to see him at the nursing home. Gary's friends were rowdy. Being noisy breaks the rules at the nursing home. Gary got kicked out of the nursing home because of his friends. The same thing happened to Gary at the next nursing home.

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One way that people get medical care is to get help from a friend or loved one. Gary found out that his mother's insurance would pay for his health care, so he was able to check into the hospital when he got a bad pressure ulcer.

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