With five children, youth group activities and regular church attendance, 66-year-old Edwina Dykes of Springfield, Florida, never experienced a dull moment. Yet, after years of focusing on others, Edwina found herself in need of personal care after suffering a stroke in October of 2011.
On a Sunday morning, Edwina and her husband, Phillip, travelled to church just as always. During the service, Edwina noticed a popping sound in her head, followed by a sudden, severe headache. She soon developed dizziness and loss of focus. Her husband noticed her confusion, calling for emergency help.
Once at the hospital, it was noted that Edwina had suffered from a stroke and emergency surgery was performed to alleviate any further bleeding in her brain. Following several days of treatment, Edwina was stabilized and transferred to HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital with a “fair” prognosis.
Initially, Edwina was unable to follow any commands. She acted with a defensive tone. And she experienced great difficulty performing activities of daily living. In response, Edwina’s therapy team created a therapy program designed especially for her needs. Physical therapy addressed balance and transfer issues, occupational therapy helped her improve self-feeding, grooming and dressing, and speech treatments targeted cognition, communication and swallowing.
Through her own determination and her team’s commitment, Edwina’s condition progressively improved. She was successfully discharged in November, walking out of the hospital with a rolling walker to return home to her husband and community activities.
“My experience at HealthSouth has been enormous,” Edwina commented. “Expectations can only go so far…far beyond all I could ever believe. Without the grace of God, none of this would have been possible.”
Edwina’s stay at HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital was from October 20, 2011 to November 15, 2011.