We have all been told to appreciate the little things in life and never take anything for granted. Sometimes things happen to us that make us focus on those little things more than ever before. They are exactly what helps us fight through tougher times than we ever imagined.
Stephen Young is a husband, father of three boys, and assistant principal at Natcher Elementary. He enjoyed traveling, working outside, and jeep riding. Stephen lived a life that was full and independent. He never imagined how quickly his life would change, leaving him longing for those little things he enjoyed so much.
One January day, Stephen wasn't feeling right. A type one diabetic, he figured his blood sugar was too low. Rushed to the hospital, he soon learned that wasn't the case. He had suffered an acute infarct stroke. Stephen was flown to Vanderbilt, where he spent a week in the ICU.
Soon, Stephen progressed enough to move to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. He chose SKY Rehab to continue his road to recovery. The road wouldn't be an easy one, though. He arrived at SKY having issues with aphasia, word-finding, and using his hands. When he walked, he dragged his foot.
But Stephen says that at SKY "everything changed for him."
With several issues to address, a team approach proved necessary. SKY's interdisciplinary care team of rehabilitation specialists was exactly what Stephen needed. His progress began immediately.
“They pushed me to my max every single day and that’s exactly what I needed,” Stephen said.
Upon completion of his inpatient stay, Stephen transitioned to SKY's outpatient department. There, he continued his recovery using equipment specifically for stroke patients.
Having made a full recovery, Stephen is back to what he loves. His health improved so much, he's returned to work at Natcher Elementary. He's enjoying the little things -- walking, talking, and just living his life. Once again, Stephen is working outside, enjoying time with his family, and riding around in his jeep.
"When I arrived at SKY, I was at the right place at the right time for my stroke recovery," Stephen stated. "I quickly learned that SKY Rehab was exactly what I needed."