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Euchre brings two Mary Free Bed patients together during recreational therapy sessions

Mackenzi Krieger, Al (Bud) Bailey and Gretchen Bailey

Recreational therapist Mackenzi Krieger plays cards with Al "Bud" Bailey and his wife, Gretchen.

Ben Marshall and Recreational Therapist Alicia Hass

Ben Marshall and recreational therapist Alicia Hass

Left to right: Ben Marshall, Alicia Hass, Mackenzi Krieger and Bud Bailey. Gretchen Bailey in front.

Clockwise from left are Ben Marshall, recreational therapists Alicia Hass and Mackenzi Krieger, and Bud and Gretchen Bailey.

Recreational Therapist Mackenzi Krieger and Al (Bud) Bailey

Recreational therapist Mackenzi Krieger and Al Bailey

Ben Marshall and Recreational Therapist Alicia Hass

Ben Marshall and recreational therapist Alicia Hass

Mackenzi Krieger, Al (Bud) Bailey and Gretchen Bailey
Ben Marshall and Recreational Therapist Alicia Hass
Left to right: Ben Marshall, Alicia Hass, Mackenzi Krieger and Bud Bailey. Gretchen Bailey in front.
Recreational Therapist Mackenzi Krieger and Al (Bud) Bailey
Ben Marshall and Recreational Therapist Alicia Hass

Two patients at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have bonded after recreational therapists brought them together for a game of cards.

Ben Marshall came to Mary Free Bed in early November after surgeries to repair damage to vertebrae in his neck. He was injured in a 2010 workplace accident and also experienced other illnesses and injuries that revealed breaks in several other vertebrae in his neck and upper body. As part of his rehabilitation, he told his recreational therapist that his wife had been asking him for the past six years to learn the popular card game Euchre.

Meanwhile, in another part of the hospital, Al “Bud” Bailey was recovering from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident. Bud was riding a motorcycle he bought to celebrate his 80th birthday when he was hit by a bus near his home in Bentley, in northeast Michigan. He was flown to the University of Michigan Hospital for treatment and surgery and came to Mary Free Bed in late October for rehabilitation.

Bud and his wife, Gretchen, are big card players and said they’ve been playing Euchre for 30 years. So, since Ben wanted to learn to play and also needed therapy to work on finger dexterity, the recreational therapy team brought the two together.

Ben and Bud recently teamed up against Gretchen and recreational therapist Mackenzi Krieger for a showdown. The men took the game right up to the final hand, and Bud’s Euchre mentoring almost paid off, but they ended just a couple points behind in the shortened game.

The men exchanged contact information and hope to play cards together again after their time at Mary Free Bed. Bud graduated Nov. 16 and returned home. He hopes to begin walking again in a few weeks and wants to return to riding one of his four horses. Ben hopes to return to his Detroit home by the end of November and is looking forward to surprising his wife with his newly-discovered Euchre skills.

 

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Gretchen & Bud Bailey

Our experience at MFB was something we will always cherish.We appreciated the excellent personal & how every therapy time was well organized by the staff.Honestly it is the best rehab facility in Michigan.

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