My mom fell on Dec 4, 2014 and broke her neck she was immediately operated on. She spent a few weeks at Chandler Regional Hospital in Chandler AZ then was moved to a LTAC where they were able to wean her off the ventilator. She does still have a trach collar but does not use any assistance to breath. We have had a lot of setbacks in her recovery; C-dif infection, pneumonia, a 2nd surgery because the incision did not heal properly and reopened. She was finally moved to a rehab facility on Feb 6. She has good shoulder strength and is able to move her arms the right one is better than the left. she can turn her wrists at times and has some movement in her fingers but cannot always control her movements. Her arms always curl up and she has the neck collar on so it is hard for her to see what her arms are doing so she doesnt always know when they curl up. She can wiggle her toes on command and has recovered some feeling all over but Doctors have told us that this is pretty much as good as it will get. They say she will never walk never be able to sit up on her own and never be able to move herself from the chair to the bed or be able to go to the bathroom normally. She has the best attitude and works really hard at therapy but is starting to get a little discouraged they changed her wheelchair to one that she blows into to make it go because she cant get her arms straightened out enough to move it. She will be at Health South until April 1 then she will come home.
Health South is a great hospital we have no complaints about the care she is receiving but they do not work with many spinal cord injuries should she be at a facility that specializes in spinal cord injurys and if she should does anyone know of a good facility in the Mesa Az area or in Nebraska. My parents are snow birds and live in Arizona in the winter and come home to Nebraska in the summer.
My mom loves to read and play games on her ipad but obviously has not been able to do either Are there devices that she can use to be able to use the ipad or to help her be able to read a book and where do you go about finding such devices?
Any help would be greatly appreciated we are all new to this and want to hep mom the best way we can