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Starting as Strangers, Leaving as Friends:
A Patient Success Story
Keith 1 year later after his stroke
Corrie Searles, MPT–
The Director of RehabServices was recently named new Director of Occupational Health Services. Corrie will beworking hard, along with others in thedepartment, to continue expanding anddeveloping the Occupational Health program to meet bothinternal and external customer needs.
New Director of Occupational Health
Barb Parent, OTR/L & Diane Montgomery, PT
Life for KeithKrousey was full. He was enjoying hisretirement from a busy banking career,filling his days with golfing, fishing,hunting, home maintenance andlandscaping, and the list goes on and on.Then on May 19, 2008, everythingchanged. Keith awoke that morningthinking he had slept in a position thatcaused his arm to fall asleep. However,he then realized he was not able to usehis entire left side. Keith was brought tothe Emergency Room at Winona Healthwhere he was diagnosed with having astroke and was admitted to the hospital.While in acute care, among many othercaring professionals, Keith met PhysicalTherapists, Occupational Therapists, andthe Speech Therapist from theRehabilitation department.After spending a few days in the hospital,he was transferred to Lake WinonaManor where his rehabilitationcontinued. Keith says, “I spent about 4weeks in the Manor learning what I coulddo to help myself and regain some of mymobility”. Upon discharge from LakeWinona Manor, Keith was not yet readyto come in for outpatient therapies so hereceived 2 weeks of Home Care PT andOT during which he receivedrecommendations about safety andfunctioning in his home.At the end of the 2 weeks, he wasready to transfer to outpatient PT andOT at Sarnia Square. There he met hisprimary Physical Therapist and PhysicalTherapist Assistants who challenged himthrough balance and gait activities, muscleretraining, strengthening and stretchingexercises to help him regain a higherlevel of safe mobility. With the help of his Occupational Therapist andOccupational Therapist Assistant, heworked on activities to improve thefunction of his left hand, arm andshoulder girdle. He was taught how toisolate muscles to get specific movementso he could better use his left arm andhand.Keith was highly motivated to followthe home exercise programs set up forhim by PT and OT to maximize hisrecovery. He was also involved withdetermining appropriate activities that hecould work on to further his progress.States Keith, “I am a very analyticalperson. If I want to do something, I willthink of a way to try and make it work”.In August of 2008, he set 3 goals forhimself. “One was to try and play around of golf, which I was able toaccomplish with the help of a goodfriend. The score did not really matter, itwas just such a satisfying feeling to beable to do it.” “The second goal was tobe able to go on the annual guys’ fishingtrip to Lake Winnie in early September.”Again, with the help of friends, the
Angels in Our Midst
Linda Shepardson, PT, Veronica Wry, PTA and BarbParent , OTR/L
recently were recognized as Guardian Angelsby an anonymous donor to the WH Foundation followingservices received through Home Care.The Guardian Angel program recognizes excellent service bystaff through designated donations to the Foundation by formerpatients or families.trip was a success. “This summer(2009) my goal is to fish withan open face reel. I have alreadyprogressed to where I can reel withmy left hand.”Keith’s third goal was to trygrouse hunting in northernMinnesota. The first trip didn’t bringhim success with getting a bird, buthelped him to be able to problem-solve so that his second trip inOctober 2008 was more successful.“This time I was able to take fivebirds, four with assistance, thenfinally one on my own with no oneelse along.”Keith says, “I will be foreverthankful to all the people whoworked so hard to help get me tothis point in my recuperation. Whilethe stroke took away most of myabilities to enjoy playing golf, hunting,shooting pool, bowling and variousother physical activities, I found anew challenge in learning new waysto enjoy them againand others I can work toward. Thestroke, while very trying, does have abright side after the fact.Look at all the new things I havelearned, not to mention the manynew friends that would haveremained unknown had it nothappened.” We at Winona HealthRehab feel we are the fortunate onesto have had the chance to beinvolved in the rehabilitation of thisvery focused and determinedgentleman.
We thank Keith for allowing us toshare his amazing story with others!