Wife, Mother and RehabCentre Patient
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
"My experience with the program was life changing. I met people who were able to provide me with information and resources to make my life better."
Rehab Staff Helps MS Patient Improve Her Life
Nine years ago, Becky Bole of Mt. Pleasant was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.
Becky prides herself on being an educated and informed patient, so when she started losing strength in her legs and the ability to stand and walk, she began searching for solutions. When Becky contacted MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot's RehabCentre, an inpatient medical rehabilitation program in Alma, she was relieved to hear they could help.
“The ease of the whole self-referral process was amazing,” said Becky. “The staff helped with my insurance coverage; I was admitted and began receiving care almost immediately. They made my admission to the program so smooth!”
Becky was impressed by the RehabCentre staff from her first day. She worked with a comprehensive team that included experienced nurses, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, a neuropsychologist and two physicians. Pankaj Jandwani, M.D., medical director of the RehabCentre and Zubair Shaikh, M.D., board-certified neurologist are both on the active medical staff at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot.
“Dr. Jandwani and Dr. Shaikh are very good. They are very thorough and proactive,” said Becky. “I believe that the comprehensive team approach has made all the difference in my care, with great teamwork and excellent communication between groups. Everyone truly puts the patient first and understands the special needs of each person.”
Becky’s therapy schedule was intense, but she was not afraid of hard work. She worked with an occupational therapist on the tasks of daily living and with a physical therapist on building strength. She performed leg lifts and worked her core muscles with exercises and stomach crunches. With the help of a harness machine and her therapist, Becky began to build strength in her legs and can now stand for fifty minutes at home.
“Thanks to the help of the RehabCentre staff and their commitment to improving my life, I am now home with my family,” said Becky. “My experience with the program was life changing; I met people who were able to provide me with information and resources to make my life better. The RehabCentre team was able to pull all of the pieces together – they made a difference.”
The RehabCentre at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot is a hospital-based unit specializing in intensive physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapy. Patients receive a minimum of three hours of therapy each day, along with 24-hour nursing and physician care. For more information on the RehabCentre, contact the community relations coordinator at (989) 466-3382.