Nate Jones, a 36-year-old husband and father from Council Bluffs, Iowa, suffered a life-threatening stroke on Dec. 12. He battled nausea, numerous falls and suffered excruciating headaches that limited his therapy sessions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Stacy Reichmuth, an occupational therapist at UNMC and former Madonna clinician, helped advocate for a second opinion from Dr. Ana Delgado, stroke physician/neurologist.
Dr. Delgado agreed Nate’s impairments needed immediate, specialized care and he was admitted to Madonna’s acute rehabilitation stroke program on March 21, 2014. After 48 hours, Nate’s pain and vertigo subsided with a specialized IV chocktail prescribed by Dr. Delgado. For the first time since his stroke, Nate was able to actively participate in therapies.
Within weeks, Nate experienced a 360 degree turnaround with his mobility, balance and activity tolerance.
Nate returned home in April in time to attend his daughter’s national cheer competition. “It was a big deal for me,” said Nate. His next goal is to be free of using his walker by Memorial Day weekend.
Nate is grateful for all the Madonna staff who encouraged his journey to independence. “You all do such amazing work and made me feel like we are one big, happy, family. Thank you!”