Harold Crecelius considered himself a "pretty active, 65-year-old man." He enjoyed mowing the grass, playing on the tractor, and playing the drums and other percussion instruments.
A diabetic, Harold said he's been "fooling with his foot for several years." His diabetes had led to neuropathy, including weakness and numbness. The significant nerve damage then led to a condition called Charcot foot. This condition causes weakening of the bones in the foot. After a while, Harold developed a diabetic ulcer on his right foot. Noticing it wouldn't heal properly, Harold called his physician. The physician performed an evaluation to determine the best plan going forward. He recommended the amputation of Harold's right foot.
After the surgery, Harold spent a few days in the hospital. Then, he transferred to Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital. He chose SIRH based upon the recommendation of both his family and the hospital where he underwent surgery. Reflecting on that choice, Harold is glad he chose SIRH because of their efforts to help him.
The staff at SIRH left an impact on Harold. "The occupational and physical therapists are a great bunch of folks," he said. "They are good people who really care." Harold also noted how he watched the therapists with other patients. "They weren't just there to get a paycheck, they really cared about how the patients did."
SIRH wasn't the first rehab facility Harold experienced. He noted how in other facilities, he would rarely see a doctor -- a stark contrast to SIRH, where the doctor saw him daily. "Dr. Thompson would find me every day and ask how I was doing," he said.
Harold sees the loss of his right foot as “just another challenge, another part of life.” Motivated to get the task of rehab done, Harold said he will "roll with the punches of life." He desires to help himself and others when possible. "It's just another part of the walk of life...now I just walk with one leg," he said with a grin. "Losing a foot doesn't seem like it would be a good thing, but I feel blessed."
His stay completed, Harold discharged home from Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital. He credits his "very helpful" sons and the caring staff at SIRH for his success. Scheduled to receive his new prosthetic soon, Harold looks forward to playing the kick base on his drums again.Posted By