Lila C.

Lila C.

As a stay-at-home mother of two, Lila Copeland knows what it means to live an active lifestyle. Errands, sporting events, dance classes, and girl scout meetings fill her days. Lila enjoys spending time with her friends, hiking, going out for girls' night, and other activities.

Then, one morning, everything began to change.

"I woke up one morning and my hand felt stiff," Lila recalled. Over the next several months, the stiffness became worse and progressed from her right hand to Lila's left. This concerned Lila, as she considered herself quite healthy. "I worked out every day, and generally did not get sick," she noted.

As the stiffness progressed, Lila followed up with her primary care physician. He ran several tests, including a nerve conduction study, but couldn't pinpoint a diagnosis. "My joints began hurting, so I followed up with a rheumatologist," Lila said. "I was told I had an autoimmune disorder, but [the rheumatologist] wasn't sure which one."

Meanwhile, Lila's symptoms began to progress much quicker, causing stiffness, pain, and swelling.

"I was confined to bed for two weeks in March due to my symptoms," Lila recalled. "But because of the coronavirus, I was advised to stay home. It wasn't until I started having a hard time breathing that I went to the emergency department."

"The next thing I knew, I woke up in the ICU with a breathing tube."

Lila's hospitalization proved complicated. "The hospital attempted to remove the breathing tube, but had to reinsert it," she said. "I spent another two weeks in the ICU before they could remove the tube." With the tube removed, Lila moved to the medical floor. "I found out I had pneumonia in both lungs. And because of the prolonged ICU stay, I was so weak I couldn't even sit up or perform a simple task like brushing my hair."

Lila Copeland at Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Rancho Mirage"When it was time to discharge from the hospital, I desired to go home to my children whom I haven't seen for a month," Lila said. But Lila's physical condition would make it difficult for her to safely care for herself and her children. Lila's case manager suggested intensive rehabilitation, recommending Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Rancho Mirage.

At Vibra, Lila worked on regaining her strength. "[My goal was] getting home to my family and being able to get around the house safely on my own. I wanted to be able to care for my children and resume all my previous activities," Lila stated.

Vibra proved to be the right place for Lila to achieve those goals.

"The entire team at Vibra has been so supportive and literally cheer me on. They are genuinely happy or my progress and successes!" Lila said with a smile. "Zach and Paige, my therapists, have been amazing! All of the nurses and physicians have been so kind to me. I will genuinely miss them all!"

Knowing how difficult it was for Lila to be apart from her children so long, the staff worked to make accommodations. "They were able to put me in a room that my children were able to come to the window so I could see them. I appreciated those visits."

"For me, coming to Vibra was the best decision I have ever made," Lila said as she prepared to discharge home. "I feel all of the help and guidance I received at Vibra has set me up for success at home. I hope I stay in good health so I don't have to be a patient again. I will certainly recommend Vibra to anyone in need of a good therapy program!"