Local School Bus Monitor Thriving After Stroke
Emily Joy Arrowood was on a school bus full of children on Feb. 2 as a school bus monitor for Tygart Creek Elementary School in Carter County, Kentucky. As the bus pulled into the school, Emily slumped over unable to speak.
What Emily was experiencing was a stroke, resulting from loss of blood flow to the brain causing localized damage, an event that can happen to anyone at any time. According to the American Heart Association, responding to a stroke quickly can prevent irreversible damage and save someone’s life.
“The children saved me because I couldn’t talk and wasn’t doing my normal routine,” said Emily. “They noticed and got the bus driver’s attention so he could get help.”
Emily spent 18 days in a hospital recovering. When it was time for the next step in her recovery, she chose to receive inpatient rehabilitation at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Huntington in hopes of returning back home and living an active, independent life.
As a result of the stroke, Emily lost function of her left leg causing her to no longer be able to work in her flower garden, cook or use the restroom independently. On Feb. 20, Emily began rehabilitation at HealthSouth Huntington, determined to work towards her independence and get back to a better quality of life. She expected to receive intense physical and occupational therapy, but received more than that.
“The most loving and caring people I’ve ever met took care of me while I was at HealthSouth Huntington,” said Emily.
On March 31, Emily’s dedication to her rehabilitation program paid off when she reached her goal of standing up and walking by herself, safely able to return home. She started working in her flower garden again and says she is “tickled” with the therapy received that helped her relearn how to live an independent life.
According to the recent adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. An in-patient rehabilitation facility may be a free-standing facility or a separate unit of a hospital.
SOURCE: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, INC.
About HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Huntington
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Huntington is a 62-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Tri-state area of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, the hospital is located at 6900 W. Country Club Drive and on the Web at www.healthsouthhuntington.com.
HealthSouth is one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, hospice agencies and outpatient rehabilitation satellite clinics. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at www.healthsouth.com.