Scott works for a legal newspaper as a proofreader.
One day he felt dizzy and was taken to the hospital, where he was found to have
a large hernia and mass within his abdomen. During surgery to have these
repaired and removed, Scott developed complications with closure of his
surgical site and went into respiratory failure.
Scott was placed on a ventilator to help him breathe
and required the care of a transitional care hospital. He was admitted to Kindred Hospital San Gabriel
Scott required an interdisciplinary approach to his
care due to the complex nature and severity of his condition. He received
respiratory therapy to help strengthen his lungs so that he would not need to
be dependent on the ventilator to breathe. He also needed wound care to address
his open abdominal surgical wound, physical and occupational therapy to help
rebuild his strength back up, and speech-language pathology to help him start
to eat by mouth again.
Rehabilitation therapy was very difficult in the beginning
because Scott could not do anything without requiring a lot of assistance, even
just moving in bed. At first the Physical Therapist would work with him at the edge
of the bed, but as he got stronger he was able to stand using the tilt table
and progress to being able to sit up in a wheelchair.
When Scott was discharged from Kindred Hospital
he was crying because of the tremendous progress he had made. Respiratory
therapy was able to help him breathe on his own, physical therapy was able to
help him walk on his own with a cane, occupational therapy was able to help him
feed and dress himself and speech-language pathology was able to help him eat
solid foods again.
Scott still has more progress to make, but he was
finally able to drive his 2008 Ford Mustang two weeks ago, and he is hopeful
about the future.
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