Frank Carion's stroke had an uncommon cause: superior sagittal venous thrombosis. This serious stroke left Frank, 40, in acute respiratory failure. He required a ventilator to breathe for him. Additional complications included an altered mental status and malnourishment. While at Fresno Hospital, Frank underwent surgeries to place a tracheostomy and PEG tube.
Soon, Frank transferred to Vibra Hospital of Sacramento's ICU department. He could not speak, had no trunk control, and severe weakness. Vibra's physical therapy team began working with Frank while in the ICU. Likewise, Frank began his stay unable to complete activities of daily living or swallow any food. He projected to require 45 days for ventilator weaning.
But Frank's recovery happened quickly at Vibra. In just three days Frank weaned off the vent. Two weeks later he was decannulated. Speech therapy helped Frank to progress his diet. They began with a pureed diet with thin liquids before advancing his textures. Physical therapy's early intervention in the ICU led to great gains, too. Frank demonstrated improved strength and functional mobility after moving to the med-surg floor. That progress continued as he regained some motor control on his weak side and improved his balance. With the help of occupational therapy, Frank regained some independence with self-care activities. He could groom himself sitting on the edge of his bed, and progressed with dressing himself.
Frank's wife, Erica, preferred that Frank discharge to a neuro-rehab facility. Case management worked hard to make that a reality. Through many conversations and phone calls, they placed Frank in one of Erica's preferred facilities. We are sure Frank will continue to build on the amazing progress he made during his short stay at Vibra.Posted By