Vickie Metzger, 62, of Edgewood, Ky., knew something was wrong when she suddenly
couldn’t use her right limbs. She rushed to the hospital and discovered she’d had a stroke.
Vickie remained in the hospital for eight days, but was not ready to go home just yet.
She’d heard great things about HealthSouth Northern
Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital from her friends and
decided to transfer there.
When Vickie arrived at HealthSouth Northern Kentucky, she
was numb, unable to walk, had little physical strength and
had difficulty eating. But, she remained hopeful and was eager
to begin her journey to recovery. Vickie excelled in speech,
occupational and physical therapies, three times a day, five
days a week.
“My therapists were quick to answer any questions I had and
they really listened to me,” Vickie said. “They were persistent,
with a treatment plan customized just for me.”
Vickie began her rehabilitation at HealthSouth Northern
Kentucky with a lot of physical limitations, but they are almost
all nonexistent now. With medication, stroke education,
nutrition education and lots of rest, Vickie was well on her
way to independence.
“My HealthSouth team had my best interest in mind,” Vickie
said. “I just followed their instructions exactly and it worked!”
Vickie’s favorite part during her stay at HealthSouth
Northern Kentucky was when her family and friends came
to visit. She had a lot of support from her husband, Steve,
daughter, Jamie, son, Jeff, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends from church.
“I could ask my team for help with anything and received top of the line care,” Vickie said.
“They were friendly and willing to help me reach my goals.”
Vickie described her first day at HealthSouth Northern Kentucky as “testing.” But, after a
week of hard work, she was able to walk out of the hospital on her own.
Today, Vickie participates in outpatient therapy. She still has some weakness on her right
side, but continues to improve through occupational therapy. Her life is close to normal now.
She is back at work, going to her grandchildren’s games and doing home exercises as well
as some cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping on her own.