Organized by: Tawn Smith
Have you ever stopped by Walgreen's here in Anthem? If so, then you surely know the enthusiastic, animated and spirited woman behind the counter, Sally! You've got to admit, Sally is one of the most friendly faces here in Anthem and she makes your day instantly better once you step foot into the store! Sally is a local resident here in Anthem and rides her bike to and from work everyday. Many of us honk and wave to her as we drive by her on Anthem Way, on our way to pick up our children from school in the afternoons, or as we are running our daily errands. If it looks like she's getting a little slower on her "pink Cadillac," it's because she is. Sally has severe arthritis in her knees which is unfortunately hereditary in her case. She's tried everything she can to help make herself comfortable, and is now having to resort to surgery to help with the discomfort. Sally doesn't have any family here in Arizona to help her through her recovery, so I, along with others of our amazing community, thought it would be best to reach out and ask for your assistance! **UPDATE 7/18/2015** Most of you know that Sally was scheduled for a knee replacement on April 15, 2015. Her surgery was postponed because she was found to be profoundly anemic on her preoperative labs. She has undergone a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy as well as a small bowl camera and repeat endoscopy. It was found that she had a gastric ulcer, GERD, Barrett's and AV malformation in small intestine. Doctors increased her iron intake to help her build her stores back up and placed her on Prilosec. Since then, there have been no other signs of bleeding as her hemoglobin levels are coming back up. However, her blood count has not returned to normal and her white blood count was elevated and has premature cells in peripheral smear so she was referred to hematology. They have ordered more labs and Sally will be getting a full body CT scan this week which will also focus on an underlying malignancy in her esophagus from long standing tobacco use. Sally was also referred to to a local dentist for poor dentition and possible source of leukocytosis. She will have a full extraction and new smile here in no time! Her surgery has to be postponed AGAIN until she is cleared by both dentist and hematology. This will mean she will be out another 3 to 4 weeks for full extractions and additional testing by hematology and then the scheduling of her knee replacement. It just seems like she can't catch a break. This has been an emotional roller coaster for her and with being confined to her home because of her pain, we've been trying to get her out of the house as much as possible and helping her with errands, etc. Please keep Sally in your thoughts and prayers. She so much appreciates all of you and all the help you've given her. We will continue to keep all of you posted on her progress.