Deborah S.

Deborah S.

Before testing positive for COVID-19, Deborah Stockard was an active resident at Medilodge of Taylor. Each day she could be found participating in karaoke and bingo. But the virus took a heavy toll on Deborah. She suffered respiratory failure, requiring a ventilator to breathe and a feeding tube for nutrition. This brought her to Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Michigan - Taylor Campus.

Admitted to Vibra's COVID unit, Deborah faced a long journey to recovery. As a result of being on the ventilator, Deborah experienced many functional deficits. She depended on others for mobility and completing activities of daily living. Her swallowing reflexes were impaired, preventing her from having any food by mouth. Additionally, therapy proved difficult, as Deborah's debility caused her anxiety.

But Deborah was determined to make a recovery. She drew on her love of music and positive attitude to push through the anxiety, fatigue, muscle impairments, and pain. Her charismatic and independent personality fueled her recovery and inspired the Vibra staff. Soon, Deborah conquered her goals, carrying over the education and compensatory strategies she learned in physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

Deborah discharged from Vibra having made great progress. She improved her bed mobility and strength and liberated from the ventilator. She no longer required assistance with self-care tasks and demonstrated good safety awareness. Her swallowing reflexes improved, allowing her to resume a regular diet. Deborah returned to her residence, leaving a footprint behind on the hearts of those she encountered at Vibra.