Warren Family

Sheila Warren is a very private mom of two young boys. Her family does not come from a lot of money and they struggle like many of our friends and neighbors do with paying for the necessities of life. Yet, the Warrens are first in line to support local fundraisers for people in need.
“I think it’s important to give back and to teach my boys it’s our responsibility to help others,” says Sheila. During the year, you’ll find the Warrens walking for the March of Dimes, supporting local spaghetti supers, Mystic Grange in Kenduskeag, and saving their pennies to make a difference in someone’s life. When truthfully, they too could use some help.
Love and support couldn’t prepare Sheila for some of the challenges she would face as an adult. More than twenty years ago she lost her first born child to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) a devastating loss that hasn’t loosened its grip with her two other sons Wesley and Cody. “The first time they took him by ambulance from Walk-in-Care to EMMC, I was terrified that I was going to lose him.” Cody was three years old and lifeless and Sheila feared the worse. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and then asthma. Sheila has dedicated her life to keeping him healthy and being a kid, which means through support, encouragement, and education she’s made herself an expert in dealing with Cody’s asthma. Sheila changed her cleaning products, cut down on how much she cleaned, and only cleans when Cody is at school.
Cody has always been a patient of EMMC’s Husson Pediatrics under the care of Scott Clough, MD. In June of 2011, when a severe asthma attack caused him to go to the emergency room, Cody’s care team suddenly expanded  After Cody came home to recover, Cindy Wibberly, a nurse care coordinator reached out to Sheila about ways to get his asthma under control. "When I heard about the loss of her older son and the worry that continued to cause her, I focused on getting her to understand that jumping on Cody’s symptoms early would prevent something from happening to this child,” shares Cindy.
Together, the two women developed a care plan. They spoke at least once a week over the phone and in between, if Sheila had questions or concerns. A confidence was building in Sheila as the months came and went without a trip to the emergency room. “She’s got what I call a great momma gut; she just needed to trust it,” Cindy comments.
Life at the Warren house was really beginning to turn around; fishing and camping trips had resumed on a regular basis. But frequent flare ups were still a part of Cody’s life. That’s when a new resource was added to his care team. Heather Reid a licensed social worker reached out to Sheila to see if she’d be comfortable letting her into their home to get a better picture of Cody’s life. Sheila admits this wasn’t easy. “We live in a very old trailer that still bears the scars of the ice storm of 1998. I don’t like people to come over.” Sheila shared photographs of her home and of their financial situation and over time allowed Heather to see the full picture. “To go to people where they live can make a big difference in how well we can help them,” smiles Heather.  Because of this relationship Sheila trusted Heather and her suggestion of having Sheila with Elaine Beaulieu from the Bangor Public Health Department into her home. “I believe strongly in connecting people to resources and services in their communities,” Heather comments, “Our training help us look at systems and identify strengths. All the families I meet have so many strengths. They might have stressors, such as money and housing, but they can learn to adapt - the work is about the families and giving them services.” The Eastern Maine HomeCare community care team program is helping patients in three Bangor primary care practices. Their services are in such demand that they will be proving support to 24 for more primary care practices from August to Fort Kent starting in January.
Because of a home visit, Sheila got a new vacuum cleaner, and slip covers for Cody’s pillows and mattress. All the support and education is giving the Warren family a feeling of control in their health and a freedom to live and be healthy where they are. Dr. Clough is convinced that without all the pieces working together, they would never have this kind of outcome and ultimately what it is teaching Cody. “He is learning how to care for his disease because of his mom. Cody now knows if he is feeling a certain way, his mom will give him a treatment to make him feel better.”