Michele H.

Michele H.

Michele Hoover is a sweet young woman. Unfortunately, Michele required many hospitalizations for ongoing issues with primary biliary cirrhosis and severe gastroparesis. Before she could discharge to a skilled nursing facility, she required IU Health's specialty services.

While there, Michele continued to worsen. She suffered severe abdominal pain, anxiety, and a 17 pound weight loss. Michele had persistent vomiting and abdominal pain. She also required feeding through a peg tube, while another tube drained her gastric contents. Michele was diagnosed with failure to thrive and was not progressing in her care. She was starting to decondition.

Thankfully, Michele's physician recognized her decline and recommended Vibra Hospital of Fort Wayne. She arrived in tears and with much pain. The toll Michele's medical conditions were taking on her had caused more anxiety. The interdisciplinary team at Vibra reviewed her case, and was able to get her the help she needed.

Michele was able to slowly wean from her tube feedings and advance to a regular diet. With her nausea, vomiting, pain, and anxiety under control, Michele was able to participate in therapies. She worked hard with physical and occupational therapies to regain enough strength to return home.

On the day Michele discharged from Vibra, she was adamant not to leave in a wheelchair. She walked out of the hospital with standby assist from staff and her son to be able to discharge home.

“This is the first time I have been discharged and not been in pain,” Michele said with tears in her eyes. “All staff made it easy for me to get well," she added. "Thank you everyone for your help and concern.”

We wish Michele further success in her journey to wellness.