“My kids look up to me. They depend on me.”

Wendy Cormier was driving home after running an errand late on May 12, 2013, when her car  was hit head-on by another vehicle. She was on a two-lane road, and an on-coming driver began playing the “swerving” game. Wendy tried veering out of the way, but the collision could not be avoided.

She knows she called her husband and that he came to the scene, but she remembers little else. At Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital she has dim memories of hearing the staff talking to her. By early morning, she was in surgery to repair a fractured ankle that required three pins. She also had broken ribs and abdominal injuries.

The next day was Mother’s Day, and the 32-year-old mom was not with her children: a daughter, now 15, and five sons, 12, 8, 6, almost 3 and 22 months.

Wendy was in the hospital for about a week. “At first, I didn’t know my ankle was broken. I just knew I couldn’t get out of bed. The nurses took good care of me and taught me how to care for myself, how to clean the wound on my ankle.

“They were so caring. It hurt them to see my kids visit, then cry because I couldn’t go home with them. LBJ’s nurses value their patients.

“The doctors are very caring too. Even after I was discharged, they called to check on me. The follow-up care is excellent. They want to help us get back to 100 percent.”

Wendy, a stay-at-home mom, says her husband and children kept the house going while she got back on her feet. She went through rehabilitation at LBJ and now involves her children with the exercises she learned.

“They massage my ankle and rotate it,” she says. “They love to see the look on Mommy’s face when they push too hard.”

It’s being a mom that keeps Wendy going. “My kids look up to me. They depend on me. It’s up to me to teach them. To guide them in the right direction.”

Thanks to the staff at LBJ, she’s back at home to do just that.

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