Success Story: Carolyn C.

Carolyn C. admitted to Summit View of Farragut on June 11, 2019 after being hospitalized on April 12, 2019 and treated for acute hypercapnic and hypoemic respiratory failure. Carolyn recalls very little about her time in the hospital, however, she did remember one significant occurrence. Carolyn assumes she was unconscious when she recalls seeing a bright light followed by her deceased family. She remembers saying, “I’m not ready. It’s not my time.”

From then on, everything changed for Carolyn.

Carolyn still had her tracheostomy and remained ventilator-dependent at night when she came to us. Her biggest concern was that she would still rely on the ventilator at the time of her discharge and have to return home with it. Luckily for Carolyn, with a fierce combination of aggressive weaning and a positive attitude, she was capped the very next day.

For the next seven days, Carolyn remained capped without further use of the ventilator. She worked hard with her Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy, making major gains in her overall strength and endurance. With continued progress in both her respiratory and physical status, Carolyn was successfully decannulated (her tracheostomy tube was removed) after one week. She recalls it being Father’s Day.

Carolyn states in regards to being decannulated,

“I feel like a new person since. I am very thankful and grateful to be alive and not to have to go home with it. I have gained strength in my legs and arms since being here. I feel more like my old self.”

Carolyn’s positive attitude and determination were her biggest assets to her progress. Her ultimate goal of living with her grandkids and her husband was her biggest source of motivation. She also notably quit smoking after 50+ years!

When asked her opinion of Summit View of Farragut’s Respiratory Therapy Department, Carolyn stated, “A+, the best, kind, courteous, efficient. They know what they’re doing.”

When asked her opinion of Summit View of Farragut’s Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy program Carolyn said, “They’re great. They also know what they’re doing. My only complaint is that I’m sore, which means they’re doing their job! They push me, and I’m glad they did.”

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