Health Advocacy & Complementary Medicine
I have worked with Amanda in an advisory capacity and watched her interact and significantly help her clients gain and maintain healthier and more productive lives.
We live in California, so when our beloved cousin was hospitalized with a brain injury, we felt very far away indeed. Since we couldn’t be there, Amanda became our liaison between the hospital and our family. Throughout our cousin’s recovery, she provided us with updates by phone, texts, videos, and photos. She spent many hours hours by his side, offering him cheerful support and encouragement. After our cousin was discharged, Amanda continued to provide tender care, and managed his meds, meals, scheduled and transported him to doctor and therapy appointments. Amanda is a devoted, experienced, knowledgeable caregiver and we will always be grateful for her support during such a critical time.
My wife, Heather, was scheduled for a hip replacement on July 25, 2016 in Columbia MO, where we live. I work for a company in Albuquerque and travel to Albuquerque frequently. At this time, I was working on a classified project that required much face-to-face interaction with many people in Albuquerque, I had carefully scheduled all my travel to be home with Heather for a month after the surgery. As a result, I was scheduled for a two-week trip to Albuquerque July 10 through 22, before the date the surgery was scheduled.
On July 6, Heather was informed that she could have the surgery early- on July 8- due to a cancellation. She really wanted to have the surgery early because she was having a great deal of pain. I too wanted her to have the surgery early and was ready to cancel my July 10 – July 22 trip, even though that would cause a major disruption for many people. Heather had recently met Amanda Garrison-Lucas at the office of our primary care physician, Dr. Lyndell Scoles, and suggested she might be able to provide assistance. By the next day, July 7, Amanda had engaged with us and provided a comprehensive plan for assisting Heather for the two weeks after the surgery on July 8. Our experience with Amanda was excellent. She took care of Heather as needed for the next two weeks, including home visits, obtaining the correct needed medical assistance equipment for the home, shopping, and all other necessary and life-enhancing activities.
My father had a massive brain hemorrhage and then a stroke in January 2016. My Father had set up Amanda as an emergency medical liaison, and health promoter a few years earlier before his medical emergency, so she was aware of his medical diagnosis when he was transferred to the ER. Amanda was immediately at his side when he went to the Hospital the evening of the hemorrhagic stroke. I live in Wisconsin and have small children so it was very hard for me to be with him while he was in the ICU in Columbia, MO. Having her as or medical liaison was such a blessing! I was able to get daily updates on his progress, and she gave constant feedback between the physicians and myself. Because she was with him everyday and some evenings overnight, she was able to see if things were changing for the better or worse. She observed a potential bed sore on my fathers sacrum and was sable to communicate this with the physician and they immediately put him on an air bed. Amanda groomed and made sure he had showers and was up and moving when it was ordered, helping the physical therapists, and nurses. Her consistent and dedicated care gave me and my father comfort during an incredibly stressful time. Amanda went above and beyond for my father and for me!
Thank you again for all your help this year!!