Mr. Donovan’s Story: Surviving Stroke and Heart Attack
It was a monumental stroke. It was a combination stroke and heart attack. I was in a coma for 3 weeks. I was transferred to Kindred Hospital
because they had more of the equipment and the healthcare personnel that I
needed. Mr. Donovan had very complex problems,
including hemodialysis needs, vascular insufficiency, GI bleeding and that
required very complex decision-making very much day to day. Unfortunately he had a malformation of part
of his vasculature in his brain and then he had difficulty with his heart rate
going up and down and you know some other autonomic type of things. So doctor
and nurses did a wonderful job and he did have a little bit of difficulty
with us with his swallowing and we also helped him with that. So he got back to
eating and that was a pleasurable thing for him. As his appetite improved his
nutritional state also improved, which led to his regaining his strength. I could not walk when I was admitted.
But I was able to walk with the use of a walker. He was able to walk and tolerate ambulation. He does what the doctors order
and he was able to get along with everyone and I think everybody loves him. The care I received at Kindred was marvelous.