Rex was initially hospitalized on 12/31/14 with sepsis due to bacteria on his mitral valve. He underwent mitral valve replacement, and then post-operatively, he suffered a stroke which resulted in left side weakness and difficulty swallowing. He was transferred to Vibra Hospital of Fort Wayne on 1/23/15 for intravenous antibiotics and therapy.
Rex was extremely weak when he was initially evaluated by therapy. He was unable to get out of bed or walk, and he could not eat on his own. In addition, he needed almost total care for bathing and dressing. He had been working as a plumber prior to his illness, and it was discouraging for him to think he may never make it home or walk again.
When therapy began, Rex worked very hard. His biggest obstacle to mobility was his knees. They didn’t want to straighten out, and he endured several days of painful stretching to enable him to stand. To treat his swallowing issues, he was given exercises to strengthen the weak muscles. He could often be heard “singing” throughout the hallway as he worked to be able to eat again.
Rex’s hard work paid off in the end. At the time of his discharge, he was getting out of bed on his own and walking down the hallway with a walker. He was also eating regular food. Rex was discharged to a skilled nursing facility to continue his recovery, and he plans to return home with his wife. He told the staff at Vibra, “You guys helped me a lot.”Posted By