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Dream Big Dreams

The best life is to live your dreams when you‘re awake. That is the credo of Terrence Glover, who should know. He’s made so many of his dreams come true.

Born in Dayton, Terrence remembers the first time he embraced life as a great adventure. “I got my first bike when I was 10, and my world was no longer bound by the corner stop sign,” he says. “ I was free!” He launched his life of big dreams. Terrence became the captain of his Little League team, and when he got to high school, he joined the wrestling team. “I set new wrestling records,” he says, smiling. “Unfortunately, it was for getting pinned the most times in a row.” But the activity resulted in a job recommendation from his coach that led to his life-long career in the culinary arts.

His first job was at the Dayton Racquet Club, the finest club in the city. He became an apprentice, earning the title of sous chef at age 19. He created his own signature dish and supervised kitchens in Texas and St. Louis as head chef. When his mother became ill with cancer, Terrence returned to Dayton to care for her and began another life adventure as a husband and father. Considering his bucket list as he grew older, he went to Los Angeles and worked at the ESPN Center with premier world chef Wolfgang Puck.

The two most important things in life are to “never, never, never stop dreaming,” says Terrence. “And to help others hold onto their dreams.”

I Am Hospice of Dayton

By Deborah Jorgenson  

Patient Services Coordination/Transportation Coordinator

In 2007, my mother, who had lived with us for 17 years, was coming to the end of her battle with breast cancer. She made the decision, with the help of her doctor, to call in added support from Hospice of Dayton. You see, at the time, I was working full time, raising 2 teen aged daughters, working 2 part time jobs and going to school full time. All of this while caring full time for mom’s needs with the help of my husband and daughters.

As soon as Hospice came in, a weight was lifted off of our shoulders. We knew that the amazing nurses and aides would be there to care for mom and support our family during her final days. Mom looked forward to the visits; they were comforting to her because she knew that there was going to be someone checking on her and, more importantly to her, making sure her family was ok. Hospice provided peace of mind.

Mom was in the compassionate hands of hospice for just over a month when she passed a few days after Christmas. Shortly after she passed, I began my path into healthcare. I had been laid off from my job at our local school just 9 days before mom’s passing. It was fate. From then on, I hoped to be a part of the work at Hospice of Dayton and am grateful that now, I am. I have seen the work of the remarkable staff from both perspectives; as a vulnerable family member and now a member of the hospice team. I know that when families or patients call, they may be emotionally and physically overwhelmed and need compassion, patience and genuine care- I’ve been there.  I feel privileged to be a part of a team that can comfort patients during this time with respect, dignity and self directed end of life care.

We never know how we touch the lives of the people we encounter each day and we never know how they will touch ours. I hope that I can touch the hearts of the families and patients I talk to in a way that makes them feel cared for, comforted and understood. Because, that is our mission at hospice and why I am grateful to say: I am Hospice of Dayton.

 

Survivor Story

Polus Family Story - Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

Born in Chicago in 1927, George Pulos is a survivor.

George was taken to Greece to live by his mother at the age of two.  His entire childhood (1930 to 1946) was spent in the most difficult of times in one of the most difficult of places of the twentieth century.  In 1932 the impact of the world wide economic depression began to affect Greece.  Italy invaded Greece in 1940 and was joined in 1941 by the Germans.  Within months, the Nazis occupied the country, resulting in incredible hardships for the Greek people.   Hundreds of thousands died of starvation.  George remembers the hunger he and his family experienced, although they managed to survive.  He also remembers escaping with other adolescent boys from his village to hide in the mountains when the Nazis began taking boys from their families and forcing them into labor in Germany to support the war effort.  Again, George survived.

George returned to the U.S. at the age of 19, immediately going into the restaurant business with his father.  At the time, he spoke only Greek.  He learned English on the job.  In 1950, with the start of the Korean War, the Selective Service System initiated a draft, ultimately inducting 1.5 million men ages 18-25 to serve during the Korean War.  As a U.S. citizen, George was subject to inscription.  Instead, he joined the 1.3 million who volunteered, joining the Air Force.  George served three years, ending his tour of duty stateside when last minute orders for him to go to Korea were cancelled.

Returning to Dayton, George found his life’s career in watch repair, and his life’s love at a Greek Orthodox Church community dance. Becky remembers George never lacked for partners because he was such a great dancer.  They knew each other for several years before their first date.  They married, and George worked in watchmaking and repair with fine jewelers in Dayton, ultimately being certified to work on Rolex watches.  They young couple also opened a restaurant serving subs and Greek food on Wilmington Avenue.  For years Becky would run the restaurant during the day while George worked on watches.  He would relieve her when the jewelry store closed and run the restaurant until closing.  Their hard work enabled them to buy a beautiful home and raise two children, while fitting in family vacations to Florida.  In 1992, 46 years after leaving, George and his family returned for a visit to Greece.  In 2005, they did so again with grandchildren in tow.

In the summer of 2012, George developed multiple health problems, including a leaking heart valve and heart calcification.  Surgery was not an option.  He required oxygen and became weak.  Periodically he would find himself unable to move, resulting in emergency room visits.  To break the cycle, doctors referred George to palliative care services available through Hospice of Dayton.  George’s condition is checked daily using technology that reports directly to the clinicians who monitor his blood pressure, weight and blood sugar levels.  George and Becky know that if anything appears amiss they will receive a phone call or a visit from their nurse to address any issues.  As a result of the intense monitoring of medication and symptom management, George has regained strength and is back to climbing the stairs to sleep in his own bed every night.  He has not required oxygen since January.  Becky calls him her “Spartan.”  They both enjoy the reaction of his cardiologist who admits he is amazed by George’s recovery.  But they are not surprised. They know that George is meant to be a survivor.

Postscript:  George passed on August 18, 2013 surrounded by his family.  His love, his memory, his history, his family, survive.

Starting the Conversation

The changing healthcare environment offers opportunities for approaches to assure superior continuity of care while easing the transition from one level of care to the next. This program, designed to assist clinical professionals in the introduction of palliative and hospice services as valuable options for patient consideration, is lead by physicians associated with the Innovative Care Solutions palliative care program and Hospice of Dayton.

Starting the Conversation: Paliative Care & Hospice Services” has been approved for a maximum of 1 credit hours as required by the American Medicine Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) Category I Continuing Medical Education Program.

Location:   Coco’s Bistro

Date:  Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Address:  250 Warren Street, Dayton, OH 45402

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