Real Patient Stories
ROBERT DYKHOUSE WASN'T CONCERNED when he developed a case of indigestion after eating spicy food during a dinner out with his wife and an out-of-town relative in April 2010. But when the then 69-year old Robert woke in the middle of the night with severe chest pain, he knew something was wrong. "I got up in the middle of the night and woke my wife," Robert says. "I told her ‘We'd better go to the hospital.'"
BOB BROWN FEELS GREAT. Talking to the easy-going, energetic Temecula resident, it's hard to believe that less than a year ago, his health was in serious jeopardy.
For months, strange things had been happening to Bob, who owns Temecula Valley Fire Equipment Company and is also active in local charities. He was experiencing odd sensations on the left side of his body, including shoulder pain so intense that he lost some mobility in his left arm. His left leg would randomly go limp, and he was having difficulty writing with his left hand.
ASK MOST MEN AND THEY'LL TELL YOU that attending a baby shower is not one of their favorite things to do. So when Richard Powell's partner, Linda Giardelli, threw a baby shower for her daughter at the couple's Temecula home in September 2010, he thought it would be a good time to take Linda's car out for a washing and detailing. "I thought to myself ‘I've got to get out of here.' Linda had just bought a new car so I figured it was a good day to take it for a hand wax," Richard recalls. So he hopped into Linda's car and drove to a nearby car wash.
DARLA AND LEX DUNN WERE ENJOYING A BEAUTIFUL DAY. Their sons Braeden and Liam, ages 8 and 5 at the time, were playing in the family's swimming pool while the couple sat and talked. When the boys got out of the pool and started playing in the backyard, Darla and Lex went inside their Wildomar home. They were only inside a couple of minutes when they heard Braeden yelling.
CAROLYN KNIGHT IS A SURVIVOR many times over. The Riverside County resident has beaten breast cancer and also has had part of her colon surgically removed. But for many years, a nameless, unidentified enemy plagued Carolyn's health. When she was in her 20s, she began getting very sick, very often— with no obvious explanation.
IT WAS AUGUST 2010. Farzaneh "Faye" Amiri, a clinical lab scientist at Inland Valley Medical Center, was driving home from work. A mother of two teenagers, Faye describes herself as active, and as someone who thrives on hard work and staying busy. But she was tired that morning, and road construction detoured her away from her familiar route. Faye only knows what happened during the next hours of her life through third-person accounts.
DAVID HOEKSTRA was scanning the mail at his Canyon Lake, California home when something caught his eye. It was the latest issue of HealthNews, the quarterly publication from Southwest Healthcare System.
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