By Joe Mancini
October 1, 2013
I would like to tell you a little about my wife, Barbara, and just some of the things she has done for her father, Joe Yourshaw; mother, Marge; and other family members to let you know that she has always been very lovingly active in our lives.
Several years ago, Barb was the one who urged her father to make a doctor’s appointment after pointing out to him that he was diabetic and had high blood pressure. It had been over 30 years since he last saw a doctor, but Barb was able to convince him to do so, and with that visit the doctor confirmed that he in fact did have uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure. The doctor prescribed a course of medications, which he faithfully took, and he would record his blood sugar and blood pressure readings daily, anxiously showing Barb his results on her many visits.
In 2003, Barb was the one who realized that her father was having a stroke. At that time, Barb’s parents had a second home in Florida, where her father would spend up to nine months a year fixing up and maintaining that home and acres of property. One day he called Barb’s mother (who was back at their Pottsville home) and asked her to get an old set of crutches that they had stored away many years ago and bring them down to Florida thinking that he had overworked his joints because one of his legs was not working, and he was having weakness in his right arm and falling a lot.
Funny thing, Barb’s mom got the crutches, picked up a son-in-law that was in the area and started to drive the over 1,800 miles down to Florida! En route to Florida, she called Barb to tell her what she was doing. While they were continuing their trek, Barb immediately called her father. After telling Barb his symptoms, Barb told him that it sounded like he was having a stroke and to call 911. He refused, thinking that he had just overworked himself. Barb, out of great concern for her father, then called his doctor in Pottsville, and with both her and the doctor on the line, convinced her father to call 911. Her father then proceeded to drag himself around the house, got changed, packed a suitcase and dragged himself out to the driveway, where the EMS crew found him. Barb’s father was taken to the local hospital where it was confirmed that he in fact had a stroke, and after much treatment, he fully recovered. The point is that Barb actually gave her father many more years of quality life due to her recognizing his symptoms and lovingly convincing him to seek immediate emergency care, not just for the stroke, but also for his diabetes and high blood pressure. More