Linda S.

Linda S.

Working as a full-time dispatcher, Linda Shelton has become accustomed to an active lifestyle. She kept busy with little downtime and enjoyed traveling to visit family. But for the last five years, Linda has struggled to stay active. Neck and spine issues have limited her since her first back surgery in November 2015.

After that surgery, Linda developed a serious infection due to the incision dehiscing. She admitted to Vibra Hospital of Amarillo for 45 days of IV antibiotic therapy and recovery. Additional back surgeries followed in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The 2019 surgery was for hardware removal and led to Linda's first stay at Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Amarillo. She spent two weeks there, participating in intensive physical and occupational therapy. Linda made great progress in regaining her strength and independence. After her stay, Linda returned home and to her previously active lifestyle.

Unfortunately, in the summer of 2020, Linda again experienced issues. These issues resulted in two surgical interventions on her neck. Following the procedures, Linda's surgeon suggested she go to a rehabilitation hospital. She knew exactly where she wanted to be, asking for a referral to Vibra.

"I have been taken care of very well by all of the staff, and the PT and OT are exceptional," Linda said when asked why she chose Vibra. "All of the staff is absolutely wonderful!"

Linda didn't hedge when asked about what most influenced her recovery. "The therapists!" she exclaimed. "You can tell they care about people and do whatever they have to do to help you get better." Linda noted the particular impact of Aiza, Monica, and Christina. "It was obvious how much they cared about me individually and wanted to see me get better."

Between the hard work of the staff and Linda's own motivation and drive, she did exactly that. Excited to return home, Linda looks forward to soon planning a trip to visit family and friends in Oklahoma.