In January, Gino suffered a stroke while shopping with his 9-year-old daughter. Because of his daughter’s quick action and her recollection of FAST, an acronym referring to the signs of a stroke--Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call 911—Gino was able to receive immediate medical attention.
When Gino came to San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital to begin his journey back to his old self, he was suffering from paralysis on his entire left side, he couldn’t walk and he had speech difficulties. He recalls: “I wasn’t able to help myself, from brushing my teeth to buttoning my shirt, and it was so hard to accept help from the staff, but they were wonderful at making me feel comfortable.”
During Gino’s rehabilitation stay, he made great progress in building up his strength with the help of the Physical Therapy staff. He soon was able to walk again with the aid of a walker, he was able to take care of all personal hygiene needs and even button his shirts.
“The whole staff was amazing: Johana, Aduana, and Gladys. Gladys was my ‘Florence Nightingale,’ telling me they were going help make me brand new again,” Gino says. ”The PT team was so kind. I remember Red saying to me, ‘Welcome to boot camp.’ Brenda laughed and told me she was my drill sergeant.”
Today, Gino is enjoying his family and is looking forward to resuming his hobby of working on cars.Posted By