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  • Olga A.

    Olga A.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Olga sat in the emergency room wondering what was happening to her. Her symptoms came on gradually, but they had become noticeably worse in the past two weeks. Progressive weakness. Balance and gait issues. Memory loss. At first, Olga chalked it up to her age, but now she wasn't so sure. A few weeks back, Olga's daughter, Shelly, began asking her questions. Shelly thought a fall or other injury would explain the shuffling and short steps her mother was taking. "No, I didn't fall, but I ... Olga sat in the emergency room wondering what was happening to her. Her symptoms came on gradually, but they had become noticeably worse in the past ... Read More
  • Carolyn W.

    Carolyn W.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    It was a beautiful day in August. A busy week was in store for Carolyn, which was nothing short of typical. Carolyn felt relatively well, despite being a little sore from a car accident two days prior. She went about her day as usual, backing her truck up to a hitch – something she’d done countless times with little effort needed. On her first attempt, Carolyn missed. She knew right away, something was wrong - this had never happened before. “I pulled forward to try again, felt ... It was a beautiful day in August. A busy week was in store for Carolyn, which was nothing short of typical. Carolyn felt relatively well, despite ... Read More
  • Isidro P.

    Isidro P.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Isidro had been a patient at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital before. Several years ago, he came to SJVRH after suffering a stroke. “I remember being here before after I had my stroke,” stated Isidro. “I was able to go home and I even went back to work shortly after.” Isidro recalled how the therapists helped him regain his endurance after the stroke, which left him weak and deconditioned. So when Isidro suffered a fall at home, he knew where he wanted to recover. “I was in the ... Isidro had been a patient at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital before. Several years ago, he came to SJVRH after suffering a stroke. “I ... Read More
  • Robert F.

    Robert F.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    “It was a typical Sunday,” Robert recalled. Robert and his wife started their morning at church, as they did each Sunday. After services concluded, they planned to spend some time golfing. But a minor incident at church would foreshadow trouble ahead. During services, Robert became slightly unsteady and stumbled. He regained his balance and otherwise felt fine. The couple settled in at home after services and got ready golfing. Since they live on the course, Robert drove his wife in their ... “It was a typical Sunday,” Robert recalled. Robert and his wife started their morning at church, as they did each Sunday. After services concluded, ... Read More
  • Michael

    Michael

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    When Michael began experiencing mild upper body weakness, it wasn't enough to disrupt his normal schedule. But it certainly caught his attention. As a former nurse, Michael was aware of the signs and symptoms that would prompt a visit to a physician. He made a mental note to pay close attention to the way he felt the following day. That next day, Michael felt worse. Driving to pick up his daughter, he realized a visit to the doctor's office might be necessary. When he returned home, he ... When Michael began experiencing mild upper body weakness, it wasn't enough to disrupt his normal schedule. But it certainly caught his attention. As a ... Read More
  • Sharon R.

    Sharon R.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Sharon, a retired nurse, kept herself busy. She stayed active by doing the things she loved - shopping, spending time with her husband and family, and taking occasional trips to the mountains. During an enjoyable stay at Shaver Lake, Sharon had an accidental fall while reaching for her bed. “I was returning from the bathroom at 2:00 am, reached for the bed, and nearly missed it,” explained Sharon. “I was barely hanging on to the mattress-topper when I started to slowly slide down to the ... Sharon, a retired nurse, kept herself busy. She stayed active by doing the things she loved - shopping, spending time with her husband and family, and ... Read More
  • Amelia M.

    Amelia M.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    In 2010, Amelia was involved in a car accident in which her vehicle rolled over. This life-threatening accident left Amelia with multiple injuries, including a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord injury left Amelia paralyzed from the waist down. Due to the severity of her injuries, Amelia endured numerous spinal cord surgeries. With each surgical procedure, her doctor recommended outpatient therapy to increase her strength and learn the proper mechanics of transfers and daily activities. ... In 2010, Amelia was involved in a car accident in which her vehicle rolled over. This life-threatening accident left Amelia with multiple injuries, ... Read More
  • Rosa

    Rosa

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    A relatively healthy person, Rosa had no serious medical conditions to manage or worry about. She worked at the local fruit packaging company and lived an active life. She spent much of her free time with her daughter and two granddaughters who lived with her. One day, Rosa felt a slight ache in her lower back. Since the backache didn’t interfere with her day-to-day activities, Rosa was not too concerned. But over several weeks the pain became noticeably worse. Rosa went to her primary ... A relatively healthy person, Rosa had no serious medical conditions to manage or worry about. She worked at the local fruit packaging company and ... Read More
  • Gary S.

    Gary S.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Gary loved his job as a farm manager at a local high school. But one day, while in the field, Gary stepped into a hole in the ground and severely hurt his back and leg. The injury ended Gary’s career as a farm manager and led to some difficult physical challenges. Gary’s life was not pain-free from his injuries, but he was able to live his life independently with his wife and family. Fast forward several years and the pain in Gary's foot began increasing. Over time, he noticed what ... Gary loved his job as a farm manager at a local high school. But one day, while in the field, Gary stepped into a hole in the ground and severely hurt ... Read More
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