Nancy's Story: Recovery After H1N1

By: Kindred Healthcare

They were ready to pronounce me dead, and my local hospital, because of the condition I was in, they put me into a medically induced coma and I was up there for five weeks and then they transferred me up here because of Kindred's care and what their reputation is. What stands out to me about Nancy is that this was a completely independent person who did not have a chronic illness previously. She became suddenly and acutely ill to the point where she could do nothing for herself and required aggressive medical intervention really to save her life.

Well, she was on full control on the vent. She wasn't able to communicate except through mouthing words. Worked with her and just explained to her what we're going to be doing with her, but truly, it was all Nancy’s effort doing everything.

My motivational goal was I need to be a mother and I can't be a mother if I'm laying here in this bed. My children need me, and I knew I needed to get back to being the mom. Due to her sheer will and motivation, Nancy made a very rapid recovery from a very rapid decline. The things that you go through are just amazing. The transformation, it's like I had gone backwards and now I was trying to go forwards again. I had to learn to eat. I had to learn to take care of myself, brush my teeth and brush my hair.

When I first got to read. I'm an avid reader and the first time I could hold a book that was huge. The fact that I can sit here and talk and breath is a miracle. It's actually a miracle. As a respiratory therapist, as a nurse, in rehab, it's amazing the opportunities you get because you grow with these patients and the opportunity to see the patient succeed from point A to point B to point C to point D, that's what it's all about. Nancy is doing remarkably well. As a matter of fact, if you saw her locally at the grocery store or at an event, you would never know she was a patient. She's made very much a full recovery.

Nancy's Story: Recovery After H1N1

I am back to being the mom and I just want to thank each member of the staff from the bottom of my heart because without them I wouldn't be sitting here, I wouldn't be feeling the way I feel.

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