I received extensive rehabilitation for four months in an acute rehab hospital. I gradually progressed with slow return of movement of my extremities. After I made significant improvement, I was discharged home and continued my rehabilitation and recovery surrounded by my loving family in a familiar and comfortable environment. I went home with a tracheostomy and respirator support at night. I was able to walk slowly, but still with significant weakness of all my extremities.
At home, it was a difficult road to recovery. I was surrounded with memories
of things that I was able to do and faced with the reality that the perfect life that I thought I had was no longer there. Being at home with my three-year-old and five-year-old children, who didn’t understand what was going on, was very difficult to see. All they knew was that I was home again, they didn’t realize that I was no longer the same.
My journey to recovery was not easy. It was a road with a lot of uncertainties and fear. With determination and strong faith, I was eventually weaned off from my tracheostomy tube and respirator. I was transitioned to use a BiPAP machine that assisted my breathing while sleeping.