On September 30, Ervin Glahn, 80, from Alexandria, Kentucky, was sitting at his
kitchen table for dinner when he suddenly felt confused and couldn’t hold his napkin
or remember his wife’s name. His wife knew that Ervin was having a stroke. She quickly
called 9-1-1 and Ervin was taken to St. Elizabeth Edgewood Hospital.
When Ervin arrived to the hospital, the stroke team
assessed him and decided against giving him a clotbusting
drug. He was admitted and monitored for
two days before being transferred to HealthSouth
Northern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital. Ervin
was unable to communicate well and he experienced
weakness on his right side. He could not walk or use
his right hand.
During his time at HealthSouth, Ervin was treated
with “respect, encouragement and professionalism at all times.” His first day of therapy was exhausting, but
he enjoyed using the AutoAmbulator®, a sophisticated
treadmill device that uses body weight-supported
robotics for patients with gait disorders, during his
treatment. “I felt like I was flying,” Ervin describes.
Ervin recalls becoming frustrated when his body and
brain wouldn’t work correctly, but his entire team
cheered him on. “Everyone was so kind and caring,”
Ervin says. “From the nurses to the therapists and doctors, to the ladies in the dining room who made a fresh pot of decaf coffee just for me.”
Speech therapy was the most challenging for Ervin. But, he stayed positive. “We had
fun as we worked on talking,” Ervin recalls. “I told stories to my therapists during our
Ervin was highly motivated to work on his recovery. Being in the Air Force for 20 years,
he believes in hard work and doing his best in therapy. Ervin had ample support from his
wife, Rosemary, his daughter, Susan, and his friends from church.
After 23 days of inpatient therapy, Ervin was discharged from HealthSouth, strolling out
on his own using only a walker.
Today, Ervin attends outpatient therapy to continue working on walking, coordination and
speech. He also performs exercises at home.