Physical Therapy for Mitzie
Organized by: Patrick Abernathy
My mother, Mitzie, was admitted to Catawba Valley Medical Center after being sick at home for two weeks. During her hospital stay she was shuffled from the surgical floor to the critical care unit, to the medical floor. Her status changed at the drop of a hat. She fought diverticulitis, heart failure, pneumonia, copd, a BIPAP machine, ventilator, and two doctors who were ready to let her go, (Frankly die).
She wanted to fight for her life and she did. She even pulled out her vent tubing on her own - that seemed to shock the CCU staff. Evidently nobody does that. She just knew she could breath at that point. After a week or so she was ready to be transferred to Trinity Village (The Lutheran Home, Springs Rd.).
The first day at Trinity Village she couldn't even stand up on her own - she had been bedridden for 27 days. Since then she has made great strides. Standing, using a walker, working in the gym to regain strength and trying to gain the 15 pounds she lost. And when she has to leave Trinity Village, we're hoping to have physical therapy at home.
Of course insurance doesn't pay for all of this, but with both of us on fixed incomes this has really hit us hard. And on top of the rehab bills there's a months worth of hospital bills coming in. My mother has been through so much in her life and she's survived falls, heart surgery, lung cancer, broken bones, fire - I want her to be able to get through this. To be able to walk again without a walker, not have to use a wheelchair. She was able, active and always on the go before became ill. She can be again.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated and if can't contribute, a prayer will do just fine.