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  • Enedina & Jose G.

    Enedina & Jose G.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    It was a rainy April day. Enedina Galvan was on her way to purchase new tires for her vehicle. Her brother, Martin, and father, Jose, went along with her. As she drove down the highway, Enedina noticed the steering wheel started to shake. "The shaking kept getting worse as I drove down the highway," she said. "My brother noticed I was having difficulty driving and told me to pull over. But I couldn't." Enedina completely lost control of her vehicle as it veered toward oncoming traffic. ... It was a rainy April day. Enedina Galvan was on her way to purchase new tires for her vehicle. Her brother, Martin, and father, Jose, went along with ... Read More
  • Don L.

    Don L.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Donald "Don" Luft grew up in Fresno in the 1940s. He recalls his mother and father serving the community, valuing hard work, and most of all, cherishing their family. “I come from a modest upbringing where my parents worked hard to provide for my brother and me. I didn’t know much about material wealth, I just remember being a happy child in a loving home with my family,” said Don fondly of his childhood. These values led Don to live a life filled with appreciation and a dedication to ... Donald "Don" Luft grew up in Fresno in the 1940s. He recalls his mother and father serving the community, valuing hard work, and most of all, ... Read More
  • George S.

    George S.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    George Silva remembered lying in bed one morning not feeling like his “normal self.” It was approximately 6:00 am and George noticed that his legs felt weak. It took a lot of effort for him to get out of bed. His legs were so weak that he held onto the wall as he walked to his bathroom. “Without a doubt in my mind, I knew something was wrong,” George stated. “I started to notice that it wasn’t just my legs, but my face felt strange, as well.” Within a few minutes, George walked slowly ... George Silva remembered lying in bed one morning not feeling like his “normal self.” It was approximately 6:00 am and George noticed that his legs ... Read More
  • Baldomero H.

    Baldomero H.

    San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

    Baldomero Herebia enjoys the simple things in life. He is retired and has been a great source of support to his wife. He cooks, cleans and takes care of the up keeping of their home. “I love spending time with my family," Baldomero said. "I have a wonderful wife and kids along with grandkids and great-grandkids. Family means a lot to me.” One day, Baldomero’s life took a sudden change of course. He fell at home, injuring his spine. Baldomero wouldn't be the same again. “It was one of ... Baldomero Herebia enjoys the simple things in life. He is retired and has been a great source of support to his wife. He cooks, cleans and takes care ... Read More
  • 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
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