All Care VNA therapist helps Boston Marathon wounded, Brittany Loring

  A drive to heal as a year of jubilation awaits Brittany Loring needs a water break and a minute to catch her breath. She's been doing a  series of leg lifts for 20 minutes. 'It's burning like I was at the gym,' she tells her physical therapist, Erin Saulnier. But this isn't a gym. It's Loring's kitchen, and her session isn't quite over yet. 'Try to keep your knee straight and your toe pointing forward,' Saulnier says before giving her patient a quick respite. Then, it's back to work '” squats using the kitchen sink for balance and practicing shifting weight from one leg to another. Three times a week for the foreseeable future, Loring will strengthen muscles weakened after twin bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. Her body was riddled with shrapnel, which fractured her skull, tore three large wounds into her legs, lodged a pellet in her throat, and burned her skin. Some of the metal shards are irretrievable and remain inside of her. In homes and rehabilitation centers across the region, Loring and other bombing victims are taking their first steps toward healing. People are progressing from using walkers for halting steps, to crutches, to eventually needing nothing. Loring used one crutch to move from room to room in her Cambridge apartment on this day, stitches still holding together a deep, 5-inch cut above her left knee. The sutures would be removed later. 'Are you nervous about having the stitches out?' Saulnier asks as she leads Loring through an exercise to bend her knee. 'Yes, I feel like my leg is going to open up,'...

All Care Hospice Newly Bereaved Workshop

May 13th, 2013  –  5 pm to 7 pm If you have recently lost a loved one, this workshop is for you. 1.   Understand common grief reactions 2.   Learn coping strategies 3.   Learn to acknowledge and express your feelings and thoughts 4.   Taking care of yourself through the grief process and beyond To reserve a spot, please register with Bereavement Coordinator –  Trish Crean –...