When Dick first arrived at Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Denver, communication was incredibly hard. Dick had recently suffered a stroke that left him with aphasia. Aphasia is an inability to comprehend or formulate language. This often left Dick frustrated, as he struggled with communicating even basic messages.
In addition to the aphasia, Dick had other functional deficits from the stroke. He had difficulty walking because half of his body was weak. Tasks like using the toilet were nearly impossible. Despite his frustration at this loss of independence, Dick never gave up. He was determined to push himself to his limits each day at Vibra. Even during his rest times, Dick wanted to practice walking and completed his assigned exercises. Dick also worked on his speech each day with the nursing staff and therapists.
As the weeks went on, Dick's progression was astonishing. Every week his function increased dramatically. On his discharge day, Dick walked out of Vibra with a smile and said "goodbye" and "thank you" as clear as day to all the staff.Posted By