Kathleen

Kathleen

Kathleen arrived at Vibra Hospital of Springfield after being admitted to an outlying acute care hospital for a right periodontal abscess requiring an incision and drainage.  Her admission was complicated by sepsis and respiratory failure, requiring prolonged intubation and subsequent tracheostomy placement.  She then developed critical illness myopathy.

When Kathleen was first admitted to Vibra, she was on a ventilator, unable to sit unassisted at the edge of the bed, unable to stand or take any steps, and required tube feeding. After several weeks of physical, occupational, and speech therapies, Kathleen began to gain strength and was able to participate more.  Initially, her sitting balance began to improve and she was able to stand at the edge of her bed, progressing towards simple transfers to the bedside chair.  With each passing day, Kathleen gained confidence in her abilities and was able to tolerate increased therapy.  Upon discharge, Kathleen was successfully decannulated, able to walk 50 feet with the assistance of a walker, stand at the sink while performing her activities of daily living, and was on a regular diet with no restrictions.  

Kathleen says she credits Meghan and Melissa from Rehab, Bill, RN, Lisa, LPN and Ashley, RT for motivating her and making an impact on her recovery.  She is looking forward to returning home so she can work in her garden, craft and make trips to the craft store. 

Congratulations Kathleen!  We are so proud of you!