Not every road to recovery is a smooth path. There can be bumps along the way.
Read about how serious these bumps can be as PT patient Susan Lahman shares her experience as she recovers from a fractured patella.
“My story begins two months ago when I fell and shattered my patella. After my surgery, I was placed in an immobilization brace on my left leg. Physical therapy started soon after my surgery, which led me to one fateful morning.
I arrived at therapy and started my exercises. Within minutes, my therapist Jessica noticed I was becoming short of breath and struggling to continue my exercises. I shared with her that the same thing happened to me the morning before in the shower. She immediately had me sit down and offered me water.
At first, I was resistant to her suggestion, thinking I just needed to rest and catch my breath. But she continued to encourage my husband to call my doctor. I remember how sweet she was being, BUT very persistent that we call my doctor. As it turned out, her persistence may have very well saved my life!
We did immediately go to my physician’s office and after he ruled out a heart attack, he sent me to Mary Rutan Hospital for a CT scan of my lungs. As it turned out, I had developed a blood clot in my leg and small clots had traveled to my lungs. A pulmonary embolism was the official diagnosis. What a scare!
Jessica’s concern for me throughout my blood clot scare has been exemplary. I feel she went above and beyond her duty to ensure that I was well taken care of. She talked with my doctor to develop a plan for my return to therapy, and she continued to monitor my health upon my return. I also had trouble with low blood pressure a few days after my return to therapy. At that point, Jessica started to monitor my blood pressure before and during my therapy.
I feel very fortunate I was placed in Jessica’s hands for the recovery of my knee. Without her quick assessment of my breathing, according to my doctor, I could very well have had a blood clot enter my heart or brain. And we know if that happened, I would not be telling you my story.”