Each patient has a different story to tell, but all stories reflect the hospital's commitment to providing our patients high-quality, individualized care.
This accident victim went from almost giving up to giving back.
Ten months ago Brad Poor was in a coma after skidding off an icy road. Almost every bone in his body was broken; his abdominal organs were forced into his chest. At the time, all his friends and family wanted was for him to be the man he was. He ended up being so much more.
"My mom found Baptist Rehab-Germantown when I was still in a coma. When I came out of the coma and started the Next Step rehab program, I had to learn how to walk, eat, talk - basically learn how to do everything again as a result of my brain injuries."
Next Step put Brad through an intensive program of physical and speech therapy.
"They not only helped me out physically but also mentally. I needed to be re-taught absolutely everything. I'm so excited because in about two months I'll be able to take my test to drive again, so I can drive to church on my own and even go back to school. None of that would be possible if not for the treatment I've received and continue to receive here at Baptist Rehab-Germantown."
Brad's recovery through Next Step was remarkable on its own. But his experiences changed him in more ways than one. He now volunteers at Baptist Rehab-Germantown, to show his appreciation and to inspire others.
"I feel this is a great way to help pay my nurses back for all they did for me. Also, I feel like I have the opportunity to be an inspiration to others who are in the condition that I was in. I can show them just how far they'll be able to come and encourage them. And it's actually fun here! When I volunteer, it's usually the best day I have."
The Next Step program gets this stroke victim back on his feet.
After Charley Wilson had a stroke on July 7, 2007, he spent three weeks in inpatient therapy at Baptist Rehab-Germantown. He continued therapy as an outpatient after that, but when the Next Step program became available, Charley was a perfect candidate.
Next Step was conceived for patients like Charley — those who have completed inpatient therapy, but need something more than traditional outpatient therapy to get back to their normal lives.
Charley joined Next Step in January 2008, where he was around other stroke victims and people of all ages who had suffered major neurological trauma. "I really enjoyed being around the other people in Next Step," said Charley. "We did things like work on the computer, go fishing, go to the store. I was even able to help a couple of other patients who were having trouble communicating because of speech problems."
The staff at Germantown encourages patients toward independence, and Charley feels like being a part of Next Step helped him progress. "The program helped me get around by myself more. I was four days into a new job when I had my stroke, and I hope to get back to work soon."
One of the therapists at Baptist Rehab-Germantown connected Charley with someone who builds handicapped-accessible decks, so he can go outside and enjoy the fresh air. He is even able to walk now, though he still must be careful. But seeing other patients in Next Step gave him valuable perspective:
"When you see other people’s situations, you realize how good you have it. The staff has a positive attitude, which helps you keep a positive attitude, and that’s a big part of the progress we make."
Dot Dickey McManus
At 85, she's back to a busy life after succesful rehabilitation for serious head trauma.
“I have no fear,” says Dot Dickey McManus. “And I have great faith that as long as you are good and honest, everything will work out.”
Even when Dot was sitting in an emergency room after a fall, she had complete faith in a full recovery. She was diagnosed with a concussion, and a CT scan showed bleeding in her brain. While her physician hoped it would stop on its own, it didn’t, and Dot needed surgery. Although her surgery was successful, her brain had forgotten how to walk, and she began a three-week stay at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown.
“Everyone there was just wonderful to me,” she says. “I felt like I was their only patient, because they showered me with attention.” Therapists worked with her to regain her ability to walk, and her social worker made sure Dot’s daughter, who lived in a distant city, was updated on Dot’s medical progress. “Even the CEO of the hospital came to my room to check on me. And they all said they couldn’t believe how I breezed through my treatment.”
A few months after her stay, Dot shows no signs of slowing down. At 85 years old, she continues with her volunteer work, public speaking and spending time with her husband and family. She regularly writes inspirational notes, and she made sure to document her thoughts about rehabilitation. “In peace, your body can heal faster,” begins one of her writings.
“I’ve had a wonderful life,” Dot says. “And I really believe you can have anything you want in this world.”
"I can wear any shoes I want" after physical therapy treatment for lymphedema at Baptist Rehab-Germantown.
Susan Toombs remembers a time when her ankles were so swollen she couldn’t wear regular shoes. “The only shoes that fit were Crocs,” she says.
But after outpatient treatment at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown, she’s delighted to be back to her normal footwear and a more normal life.
About 18 months before her physical therapy treatment, Susan fell in her front yard and twisted her ankle. After swelling persisted for a time, she was finally diagnosed with lymphedema— the accumulation of extra fluid in parts of the body. She felt it was something she might have to live with, until her doctor referred her to Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown.
“I met my therapist, Sandy, and she was so encouraging,” Susan says.
Sandy worked with Susan for about eight sessions, helping her regain flexibility and range of motion. After just two sessions, Susan says she could already tell a difference.
“Sandy really knew what she was doing,” says Susan. “On a scale of one to 10, I’d give her a 10 for sure. She told me she’d take care of me and she truly did.”
In addition to providing physical care, Sandy helped Susan remain positive and upbeat, an important component in rehabilitation.
Susan’s care didn’t end with the completion of her outpatient course of treatment. She was given instructions on self-care, so the swelling would not return.
“I finally have relief,” she says. “And I can wear any shoes I want.”
Rehab-Germantown staff helps injured teen become active again.
Christopher Travis can attest to the high standard of care offered at Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown. When he was 16 and a sophomore at Millington High School, he fell from a moving vehicle in front of his house. He was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and asubarachnoid hemorrhaging, or blood collecting on the brain.
Christopher was an inpatient at Baptist Rehab-Germantown from three weeks. When he first came to the hospital, he slept most of the time and did not speak to anyone. He was unable to perform everyday functions such as making up a bed, doing laundry or cooking. His balance was off, so he had to learn how to keep himself upright. The rehabilitation center has a simulated apartment, where Christopher practiced performing these activities to get him back into his everyday routine. He also participated in occupational, physical and speech therapy during his stay at Baptist Rehab-Germantown, where he was taught how to speak and become active again.
“The therapists were absolutely wonderful,” said Janelle Scott, Christopher’s mother. “They gave Chris money and took him to a restaurant to see if he knew what to do. They wanted to make sure he placed his order correctly and waited to get his change back after he paid.”
The therapists and nurses were very supportive and patient with Christopher and his whole family. “Everyone there made us feel at home. The nurse at the sign-in desk was great and allowed our entire family to visit Chris so he could get used to being around them,” said Janelle. “They set up a picnic in the cafeteria when it was closed so we could all eat together and hang out with Chris.”
Because of the support and care provided by the therapy staff at Baptist Rehab-Germantown, one year after his injury Christopher could participate in everyday activities and finish his senior year in high school. According to his mother, Christopher is back to the same person he was before the accident.