Cathy D.

Cathy D.

In late September, Cathy began having increased trouble with her breathing and decided to see her primary care physician. The rancher from Wyoming is glad she did. While at the doctor's office, Cathy's body "turned blue" because she had so little oxygen in her blood. Cathy's doctor sent her immediately to the ER. From there, she was airlifted to a hospital in Denver, not knowing what would happen next.

Doctors diagnosed Cathy with interstitial lung disease. This disease affects the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lungs. They become scarred and thickened, making it difficult for oxygen to pass into the bloodstream. This left Cathy so weak she could barely do any therapy. At one point, she even considered hospice.

But soon, Cathy began to regain strength. Once strong enough, she admitted to Vibra Hospital of Denver. Vibra's therapy team was ready with a plan in place to get Cathy's respiratory issues under control. Throughout her stay, Cathy worked closely with physical, occupational, and respiratory therapies. Before she knew it, Cathy was back on her feet, walking about the hospital.

Another important factor in Cathy's recovery was education. At Vibra, Cathy learned how best to handle her respiratory diagnosis. The staff provided tips for conserving oxygen while moving around. They also educated her on acceptable oxygen levels to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Looking forward to returning to the ranch with her husband, Cathy expressed her thanks to the staff at Vibra. "They are all so kind and helpful with their patients," she said with a smile. That's one thing everyone knew about Cathy -- even under her mask, she always has a smile for everyone.