Cyesha J. was an energetic 20-year-old, 23 weeks along with her first child when an event occurred that would forever change her and her family’s world. Cyesha complained to her mother that her head was hurting. In a matter of a few hours she was unresponsive when EMS responded to a call at her residence. Cyesha had experienced a cerebellar hemorrhage. Cyesha underwent a craniotomy with EVD placement and remained in a coma for 4 weeks.
During this time, Dr’s told her mother that Cyesha was brain dead. They suggested she should go ahead and make funeral arrangements for her daughter. But, Cyesha proved everyone wrong and began to wake up, responding to her mother with a thumbs up. She underwent a C-section to deliver a beautiful boy. Her little boy only provided more motivation to succeed in her recovery.
Two-and-a-half months later, Cyesha admitted to SKY Rehab for intensive interdisciplinary inpatient rehabilitation. The interdisciplinary team noted cognitive & linguistic deficits, as well as dysphagia being present.
Cyesha experienced several milestones while at SKY, some occurring shortly after admitting. One day after admitting, Cyesha walked 12 feet with a rolling walker and assistance. This was the first time she had walked since the day of her hemorrhage. Her mother was particularly proud of another milestone. One day, Cyesha changed her clothes on her own, because she “wanted my other pajamas on.” Cyesha continued to reach recovery milestones, making vast improvement in her ability to communicate and function independently.
Soon, Cyesha transitioned home with home health. Within three months, Cyesha was able to return to SKY as an outpatient. Her transition, as noted by her mother, “was a seamless one." Her mother continued, "we had hoped she would have been able to transition directly into outpatient at SKY instead of rest with home health, but it couldn’t be helped."
"The therapists at SKY didn’t skip a beat and she really looks forward to coming for her therapies!” Cyesha's mother added. Cyesha continues to reach milestones with the help of her outpatient therapy team.
Cyesha has been able to ambulate to check on her son without the use of her walker within the home. She participates in family outings. Most importantly, she has been able to hold her son without assistance from anyone.
The next milestone Cyesha wants to complete moving out of her parent’s home. Cyesha wants take care of herself and her son on her own, like any other young adult her age. We know it is only a matter of time before she achieves this goal and likely several more!
As expected, Cyesha has amazed us all, continuing to make strides with her recovery. She is now functioning independently without the need for any assistive device. Cyesha has also made significant improvements in the areas of balance and control of her legs with minimal coordination deficit. She can even perform plyo jumps without the need for upper body assistance.
Cyesha is now able to complete errands and tasks independently. She can go grocery shopping, care for her son, cook, iron clothes and has even begun to learn how to drive again. Cyesha has set herself on a time schedule to move out of her parent’s home within the next several months. Her next milestone is in sight and in reach!
For the therapy staff at SKY Rehab, it has been a true blessing to work with Cyesha and to have been a part of her amazing journey!Posted By