All Warren “Sherm” Sherman knew was that he was in pain. A lot of pain.

   “Did it hurt?” he asked rhetorically. “... It’s worse than a kidney stone. I’ve had two kidney stones — this was much worse than a kidney stone.”

   He’d had his hip replaced last winter, “and somehow it didn’t work out, and this popped out ... They had to take X-rays, and they had to pick me up and put a plate underneath to get the X-rays.

   “I went right up through the roof.”

   If that wasn’t bad enough, he fell twice more over the winter. Each time he ended up back at Ripon Medical Center (RMC), where nurses would have to move him — with his hip in excruciating pain — so they could get X-rays.

   “That’s when I said, ‘That’s it. I’m done. They’re going to have a bed that they don’t have to pick the patients up to slide those plates underneath them,’” Sherman said. “... I said, nobody in my mind is ever going to have to do that again and go through that pain.”

   No one will.

   Sherman and his wife, Charlotte, donated $11,600 this summer to purchase a Stryker Prime X X-ray Stretcher for use in RMC’s emergency room.

Read the full story in the Oct. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.