Jenelle W.

Jenelle W.

Jenelle is a vivacious 69-year-old lady who owns and operates a local antique store. She suddenly suffered a hemorrhagic pontine stroke with respiratory failure on January 22nd.  She required intubation and eventually needed a tracheostomy when she failed to wean from the ventilator.  She was discharged to a skilled nursing facility on February 2nd for continued care and therapy.

She was hospitalized once again from February 15th-18th due to sepsis, a urinary tract infection, and a small bowel obstruction.  She returned to the skilled nursing facility but was readmitted within 24 hours due to a mucus plug and gastrointestinal bleed.  On February 23rd, she was admitted to Vibra Hospital of Fort Wayne for continued medical management, vent weaning, and therapy.

When Jenelle arrived at Vibra, she was very weak and discouraged.  She had trouble controlling the left side of her body and she had severe dysphagia due to her stroke.  She needed maximum to total assistance with all functional mobility and activities of daily living, and she was unsafe to eat or drink.  Jenelle was motivated to return to her prior level of activity, and she worked determinedly with therapy every day.  After three weeks, Jenelle was weaned from the ventilator and able to discharge to a rehabilitation hospital for continued therapy.  With self care, she needed minimal to moderate assistance, and with transfers and ambulation short distances, she only required contact guard assistance with a walker.  She was also able to start eating with supervision by her speech therapist. 

Jenelle was a little nervous about leaving the staff at Vibra and moving on to the next step in her recovery.  She stated, “I love you guys.  I felt so safe with you.”  The team at Vibra wish Jenelle the best as she continues to work toward her goal of returning home with her husband!