Fred: "I was supposed to die at 85."
“I was supposed to die at 85,” Fred said. “My grandpa and my dad both died at 85. And I did. But after 10 minutes of CPR, I was revived. A special ‘Thank You’ to my son and the Mukwonago Fire Department for their quick response.”
After a prolonged hospital stay, Fred arrived at East Troy Manor for rehabilitation. He was dependent with every aspect of his mobility and activities of daily living. He required a Hoyer lift for all transfers. He couldn’t feed himself or raise his arms. Sitting, standing and walking were impossible.
As Fred started to progress, his amazing personality shone through. He would make jokes and tell stories. He decided his one goal was to dance with his therapists before discharging home. And we had that dance - more than once. One of our favorite stories from his therapy was when we asked Fred to stand with us on the count of 3. He would respond, “I had a cat that could count to 3.” We asked what he meant. Fred laughed and said, “I had a cat that would jump up onto the window ledge of my garage. Every time it would be on the third time.” Read more...
Vivian: Relief After 15 Years
Vivian has lived the last 15 years of her life in pain. “It crept up on me slowly,” she said. “I started seeing a chiropractor where I received injections and that worked great for the first 6 months. Later it would only last 3 months. I was told I threw too many bales of hay. It gave me arthritis and caused injury.”
Vivian decided that the treatment wasn’t working for her. Her doctor recommended surgery, which resulted in 4 screws in a herniated disk and rods on both sides of her spine. Immediately following surgery, she came to East Troy Manor for short-term rehab therapy to help her get back on her feet quickly.
“When I came to East Troy Manor, I was in a wheelchair and needed help to get in and out of the chair. Within a week, I was walking with a walker and didn’t use a wheelchair at all. I kept progressing right along, and now I’m home. I do my exercises and have no problems,” said Vivian.
Vivian has lived the last 15 years of her life in pain. “It crept up on me slowly,” she said. “I started seeing a chiropractor where I received injections and that worked great for the first 6 months. Later it would only last 3 months. I was told I threw too many bales of hay. It gave me arthritis and caused injury." Read more...
Joan: Strength, Determination and Quality Care = Results
Joan lived an active life, participating in Silver Sneakers and in multiple knitting groups around town. She cooked and cleaned for herself and her family. One day she took a horrible fall down eight cement steps. After two helicopter rides to different hospitals, and a month-long stay at a hospital in Milwaukee, Joan and her family were told that she wouldn’t walk again after her doctor gave her only a 10% chance. To help recover and regain as much range of motion as possible, she went to East Troy Manor for inpatient physical therapy.
When Joan arrived at East Troy Manor, she couldn’t mover her right arm and she was in a lot of pain. She couldn’t walk, and sitting on the edge of the bed was nearly impossible. Within a week she was standing, and within two to three weeks, she began walking again. During her time at East Troy Manor, she regained core strength, was able to sit, and could transfer with the help of two aides. Read more...