Ricky was in and out of the hospital multiple times in late 2019 and early 2020 with complaints of abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and a syncopal episode. His physician discovered Ricky's colon was toxic and a large portion had to be removed. He briefly came to our facility after being sent to another facility first. He had to be sent out again for another surgical procedure. When he returned, he could not walk or move around in bed due to a wound on his back. His lungs were in fair shape as they sounded diminished and clear. In order to help him keep his lungs healthy, the therapist instructed him on deep breathing exercises, incentive spirometry, proper MDI use, and the importance of being compliant with his home CPAP regiment. He was also encouraged to take advantage of his time with his physical therapist and he most certainly did. Within a month and a half, he went from being bed bound and having to lay on his side to avoid a surgical site, to walking 420 feet on the date of PIC program discharge. His positive attitude and willingness to hear ideas, has helped him travel much further down the path of recovery than even we expected. His story is an example of what we can achieve together, and a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.
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