Thanks to his ability to move along the continuum of care, Scott, the Miracle Man, continues to progress every day.
Another Success Story from Vibra Hospital of Portland
Name: Carolyn Goodwin
Admitting Diagnosis: Respiratory Failure
Admission Date: 10/14/13
Discharge Location: Private Residence
Carolyn and Edmund Goodwin, both in their late 70’s, were, according to Edmund, “living a simple life” with a few age-related health problems. Edmund writes, “We try to maintain our status—shopping for groceries every couple of weeks, eating right, exercising, and annual doctor visits.” Carolyn has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Edmund has a bad back. As Edmund puts it, “we manage.”
But then, suddenly, Edmund said, “the unthinkable happened and I rushed Carolyn to the ER.”
Somehow Carolyn and Edmund had contracted the deadly bacteria e. coli-O-157. Edmund suffered milder symptoms, but Carolyn became perilously ill.
In the days that followed, Carolyn continued to face one challenge after another. There were many set-backs. Initially the hospital staff attempted to remove Carolyn’s breathing tube, but her throat swelled up and she couldn’t breathe. The next day, her white blood cell count was up, indicating some kind of infection. The next night Carolyn developed a fever.
It was then discovered that Carolyn had acquired pneumonia from bacterial pneumonia from MRSA. Carolyn’s doctors discussed performing a tracheotomy - an opening surgically created through the neck into the trachea (windpipe) to allow direct access to the breathing tube.
Carolyn’s tracheotomy was successful and shortly after she was transferred to Vibra Specialty Hospital to help her be weaned off of the ventilator
Carolyn continued her progress at Vibra, working with the respiratory therapists on breathing exercises. There was some concern about her blood CO2 levels getting too high after a number of hours off the ventilator. But gradually she was able to be off the ventilator with no CO2 problems. The lung infection she had developed seemed to be dissipating and the slight fever she was running went away. She became strong enough to be off the ventilator for sixteen hours. Then she went twenty hours off the vent, and eventually twenty four hours. Finally the day came for Carolyn to breathe on her own.
And so ends another success story – but for Carolyn and Edmund, a new beginning, and a chance to continue the life they love together. Edmund writes,
All that remains of this story is a little muscle rehab therapy, a homecoming, and a reckoning...I reckon that we had several miracles. Certainly, it was a nightmare and there were many bumps in the road, but we won. The miracles include the massive amount of technologies that were used, the fantastic business facilities and their employees, the terrific chemicals involved, the whopping number of high-caliber people and their training, intelligence, diligence, and love, the family and friends who sent their prayers and good wishes, and the event/entity/idea/existence of Vibra Specialty Hospital. And who made all of these strange events possible? I reckon we know that answer, too. All we can do is say, ‘Thanks again,’ once more. Offered with much love, Edmund and Carolyn and Rich.
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