Tom got a spinal cord injury in 1991 when he was shot by a gang member. He had tried to move away from being involved in gangs. He was making a new life for himself and his family. Tom was in the hospital for three months after being shot. He still had a bullet near his spine, so he couldn't be moved. Because he couldn't be moved, Tom got three pressure ulcers (which is what a doctor or nurse calls pressure sores or bedsores) while he was in the hospital. Tom left the hospital not knowing how to prevent pressure ulcers. Soon he had two more. He spent time at a number of hospitals before he could get the care he needed.
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Tom was having problems with his skin. He lived in a small town. The doctors in the small town didn't know a lot about pressure ulcers. Tom moved to a big city to find doctors to help with pressure ulcers. Tom changed the where in his life. It helped him handle problems with his health.
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Tom lived with his uncle.
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Tom was going to go back to the rehab hospital for help. He thought it would be okay to stop doing pressure reliefs for a few weeks because he was going to the hospital. When he got to the hospital, he had a pressure ulcer because he stopped doing pressure reliefs. His choice to stop doing pressure reliefs did not turn out right.
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