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Janelle Pedigo

Admitting Diagnosis: Critical Illness Myopathy
Admission: 02/05/2018 | Discharge: 02/21/2018

As a current healthcare employee, Janelle was familiar around hospitals, but after an unexpected illness, she found herself in a new role: a patient. 

During her hospitalization, Janelle was diagnosed with respiratory failure requiring intubation and renal failure requring dialysis. As a result of her long hospital stay Janelle was very weak and diagnosed with a critical illness myopathy, affecting her ability to function. Determined to be discharged to home, Janelle jumped at the opportunity to receive care on Hutchinson Regional’s Acute Rehab Unit. 

At the beginning of rehab, Janelle faced many barriers, including dialysis and significant weakness affecting her ability to move. She focused on building her strength and regaining her independence.

After 16 days, Janelle went home using only a walker and no dialysis. “I credit Janelle’s progress to her hard work and motivation,” said Veronica Nail, PTA. “She had the heart and determination to go above and beyond to reach all of her goals. She was a joy to work with.”

The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) instrument is a basic indicator of patient disability. FIM is used to track the changes in the functional ability of a patient during an episode of hospital rehabilitation care. A score of seven indicates that you are completely independent in that particular activity. A score of one means that you require total assistance for the activity.
 


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Frank Roath

Admitting Diagnosis: Generalized Weakness
Admission: 04/04/2018 | Discharge: 04/12/2018

When Frank was discharged from the hospital to a hospice facility, he really didn’t know what was going to happen. He was then transferred to inpatient rehab, and as the days passed, he began to get better and realized he still had a lot of fight left.

Frank began working with therapies and was able to regain enough strength to be able to be a patient at Hutchinson Regional’s Acute Rehab Unit. He wanted to get his life back.

At the beginning of rehab, Frank faced many barriers, including significant weakness and deconditioning affecting his ability to move. He focused on building his strength and tolerance to activity. As he continued to improve he not only met his goals, but surpassed them.

After 9 days Frank went home using only a walker and was walking further than he had in years. He credits his therapists and nurses with knowing how hard to push him. He said, “they made me work hard, but also knew when to let me rest."


 


Susan Rust

Admitting Diagnosis: Left Hip Fracture
Admission: 09/19/2018 | Discharge: 09/26/2018

Susan has always been very active and a substitute teacher for 17 years. After a fall in her garden, she fractured her hip. After her surgery, Susan found herself in an unfamiliar situation. She was unable to care for herself safely and not able to return home.

During her hospitalization, Susan realized that she would be unable to return home due to the deficits from her fall and left hip fracture. Determined to be discharged to home, Susan jumped at the opportunity to receive care on Hutchinson Regional’s Acute Rehab Unit. 

At the beginning of her rehab, Susan faced many barriers. The pain and weakness were affecting her ability to move. She remained focused on building her strength and regaining her independence.

After 7 days, Susan went home using only a walker. She really felt that going outside and simulating real life activites were very beneficial. It helped her feel prepared for a safe discharge. Regarding her stay Susan stated, “Rehab is the best place that a person can go after an injury.”