He is a true southern gentleman with a soothing North Carolina accent and a jokester’s personality. A decorated Korean War hero and Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, 86-year-old John Medlin Sr. had already done more in his early years than many people do in a lifetime. But, the best was yet to come.
After returning stateside, John and his wife Mary (a nurse) wed in 1954 and went on to raise five children and live all around the world. In 1969, they moved to Marshfield and have been an active part of the South Shore community for nearly 50 years. John was even Grand Marshal in the 2017 Marshfield Veterans Day parade. We are so honored that John’s family chose NVNA and Hospice to support them on his Hospice journey.
“Everyone at NVNA and Hospice is very caring and attentive. They know him almost as well as we do. His nurse, Jo Calabro, takes care of him, but also helps us with convenience things like ordering medication refills,” said John’s daughter Kathy Medlin-McSorley. “All the nurses know his history – we never have to explain his care.”
Medlin-McSorley says that her father started with NVNA and Hospice’s Palliative Care when he was diagnosed with cancer and dementia a few years ago. Eventually, Mr. Medlin needed Hospice care and decided to stay in his Marshfield home that he shares with her mother. She said her Dad’s disciplined military training helps him operate well in his own home with his own familiar rituals. She said his Hospice nurse, Jo, encouraged Mr. Medlin to keep up his comforting morning routine of making coffee and oatmeal.
“I always enjoy my visits with Mr. Medlin. He is such a humble person and always makes me laugh. I am honored to be part of his journey,” said Hospice Nurse Jo Calabro.
Today, the couple have been married sixty-four years. They have eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two more on the way. We always say that Hospice is about enjoying the life you have and boy, has Mr. Medlin led an amazing life. Thank you to the entire Medlin family for letting us be part of this amazing story.