Written by Stacey Redmond: DEXTER - One of Dexter’s oldest residents Mary Flynn turned 101 on August 15. The days leading up to her birthday held a couple of hospital stays and admission to Dexter Health Care to help her regain her strength to return home. The first week in August residents at Dexter Health Care were informed that on Friday as part of Dexter’s Wild West Weekend there was going to be a ride in of horses. Everyone was excited, no one more so than Mary, but as luck would have it she became ill and required a hospital stay.
On Friday the skies opened up and rained yet again, one has to wonder has global warming turned our area into a rain forest. Residents at Dexter Health Care and Staff scurried around after breakfast making sure all that wanted to see the horses could go out under the overhang in front of the building and enjoy them.
Due to the inclement weather only one horse arrived by trailer with her owners, Misty Eclipse, a miniature horse, owned by Ryan Chabot. Excitement grew on the faces of all to see this little horse and to be able to pat and talk to her made all that were there day.
Meanwhile, Mary missed this activity and had talked before her illness about seeing the horses, so upon her return to Dexter Health Care her therapists asked her what she wanted for her birthday. The answer given without a hesitation “a horse”, the therapists promptly replied “well if that is what you want, then that is what you will get”.
That weekend one therapist thought about the request and discussed it with a co-worker that Mary should get what she wanted after all not everyone makes it to a 101 years old. Monday morning dawned and the therapists went to the activity director of the facility and relayed Mary’s birthday request, by Wednesday Mary’s wish had been granted for Friday.
Friday dawned a beautiful day and in Mary’s small room friends from long ago and now stopped in with good wishes. As the 4 o’clock hour approached, Mary and over 35 friends and residents of Dexter Health Care all gathered under the over hang in front of the building awaiting Mary’s gift. At last along came Misty Eclipse lead by Diane Chabot, Mary’s eyes grew wide with happiness and as she reached out to pat Misty Eclipse the air was filled with Mary’s joy.
After Misty Eclipse made her rounds to the excited crowd she was lead back over to the truck and hitched to her little cart for Mary to have a ride, and what a ride Mary had. As they made 2 loops around the parking lot when they got back to the beginning Mary said that she wanted to go back around one more time for 102 in case Misty Eclipse was not here and she was. Mary also shared her gift with another resident 100 year old lady who will be turning a 101 in October and one more gentleman who celebrated his birthday the day before.
As the day grew to a close Mary was very pleased with her gift of Misty Eclipse. Mary and Dexter Health Care wishes to thank the Chabot family for making Mary’s wish come true. So be careful what you wish for. Happy Birthday Mary Flynn."This content originally appeared as a copyrighted article in the SVWeekly.com and is used here with permission."
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