There really is no place like home for the holidays, and for sixty-seven-year-old Alma Braxton Daniel, the phrase has much more meaning this Christmas.
Daniel worked hard her entire life, raised five biological children and fostered nearly 15 kids. When she moved to Louisa from Waynesboro about five years ago, she was holding down a job as a caregiver for the elderly and had a home of her own.
But earlier this year, Braxton’s life took a turn for the worse. On March 13, she underwent emergency surgery to remove four golf ball sized hernias.
With drain tubes still attached, Daniel insisted that doctors allow her to return to the privacy of her own home to recuperate, but was advised by doctors not to return to work until Aug. 1.
With the help of her only son’s wife, who is a registered nurse, Daniel was able to return home the same day of her procedure.
Medicaid covered the hospital bills, but she lost her job and so opted for retirement. With the change in financial circumstances, Daniel was no longer able to afford her home and eventually lost that, too.
Read full story in the special Holiday Greetings sections in the Dec. 22 issue of The Central Virginan