ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) – For COVID-19 survivors, restoration is a multi-step course of. And for a lot of of them, that course of begins with re-learning on a regular basis duties like selecting up a telephone.
In that case, they’ll go to Embody Well being in Midland, the Permian Basin’s solely rehab hospital.
“Our mission is to assist folks get again to work, to life, and residing,” mentioned Hospital Director Dr. Mark Fredrickson.
And post-COVID sufferers pose a singular downside.
“We’ve bought individuals who’ve been on ventilators, who’ve been acutely in poor health—virtually died—and at the moment are left unable to maneuver,” Fredrickson mentioned. “Typically they will’t swallow, and generally they will’t stand.”
Whereas COVID is most frequently related to lung harm, the virus additionally impacts different elements of the physique.
“It’s not solely their lungs which can be being attacked, however their muscular tissues, organs, and even their cognition and reminiscence is affected,” mentioned therapist Madison Morrow.
The hospital homes about 2-dozen post-COVID sufferers and a separate wing with a couple of COVID-positive sufferers.
Rehab typically includes easy duties.
“I’ve sufferers fold their garments and go put them up within the closet,” mentioned Morrow. “That’s engaged on standing tolerance. That’s engaged on growing their endurance.”
The workout routines, though primary, are all-encompassing.
“We do many sorts of workout routines…with my fingers… with my toes… with my legs,” mentioned Melania Horta, an Embody affected person. “They usually take me across the constructing to stroll.”
The hospital has a rehab fitness center, however the COVID-positive sufferers can’t use it, forcing hospital workers to get inventive.
“I’ll make the affected person arise, maintain on to the dresser and do some stability actions like weight shifting or standing on one leg,” mentioned therapist Paul Malayag.
And when the rehab is full, sufferers go dwelling somewhat stronger and much more grateful.
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