Kenny fought for his life during his 13 days in the Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Medical Center. While his inpatient care team focused on improving his health a little each day, he was determined to return home to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary. And did so, with the help of Memorial Medical Center and Memorial Home Services.
Kenny Mayner became very ill and was taken by ambulance to Passavant Area Hospital. After a few tests, caregivers determined Kenny needed more acute care and was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center.
During his 13 days in the Intensive Care Unit, Kenny fought for his life. However, even in the first few days at the hospital, it was clear he was determined to return to life as normal.
“Those first eight steps to the bathroom felt like eight miles to me, but everyone helped me remember that if I was going to leave the hospital, I had to fight through it,” Kenny said.
While his inpatient care team focused on improving his health a little each day, Kenny had a larger goal in mind. He was determined to return home to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary. Thanks to Memorial Home Services—Home Health, Kenny was able to spend the special day with his wife in the comfort of their home, all while he continued to receive the important care he needed.
Home Health caregivers, Jaime Foster, RN, and Sue Sperry, PT, saw Kenny’s pride in accomplishing his goal and wanted to help him continue the momentum. They worked with him to determine his next big objective—making it up to his second-floor bedroom to sleep in his own bed.
“When you are in the hospital for that long, you appreciate the little things that you took for granted before like taking showers, using the bathroom and sleeping in your own bed,” Kenny said. “I just really missed the comfort of my bed.”
A newly installed handrail and a little motivation from his caregivers made it possible for Kenny to start practicing a shorter flight of stairs outside his home. He was determined, and quickly mastered the task. Then, he moved inside to face the larger number of stairs to reach his goal.
“Kenny found the silver lining in a scary situation that put his life on hold. His attitude toward life is what helped him, I have no doubt,” Foster said. “He set his mind toward his goals and met them in record time. It’s rewarding to watch a patient be so positive about his recovery.”
Under the watchful eye of his Home Health team, Kenny made it to the top of the stairs. He now sleeps happily in his bed, getting the rest needed to meet his next big recovery goal.