Rick B.

Rick B.

Rick arrived at Vibra Hospital on 12/27/16 after a long and complicated hospital course. He was initially hospitalized on 12/9/16 with what was determined to be a cerebrovascular accident in multiple areas of his brain. He required intubation and mechanical ventilation, and he had an acute kidney injury. In addition, he suffered from encephalopathy which was exhibited in his extreme confusion and difficulty following instructions. He was a very sick man.

When Rick was evaluated by therapy, he required total assist with all functional mobility , and he could not move his left side at all. He was also unable to eat or speak. His initial progress was slow as he continued to have complications from a gastrointestinal bleed, pneumonia, and sepsis. As these medical issues began to resolve, Rick began to show improved strength and alertness, and he was able to start moving his left arm and leg. His respiratory status improved, and he was weaned from the ventilator. Speech therapy worked with him to be able to speak with the Passy Muir valve and eat.

Rick’s family visited him everyday. His three children were a constant source of encouragement and comfort. They were unwavering in their faith that their father would recover.

By the time Rick was discharged from Vibra, he was speaking, eating, and standing. He still required maximum assistance with mobility and activities of daily living, but he was showing rapid improvement every day. Rick was able to discharge to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital on 2/3/17. The staff at Vibra Hospital enjoyed the opportunity to work with Rick and his family, and we wish them continued success.