Roland is a former teacher, a published author, and the retired manager of a Value City store. Not much could slow him down until two years ago, when symptoms of an undiagnosed neurological condition began to impact his life. He is receiving physical and occupational therapy at DOAR Central to treat weakness and immobility on the left side of his body, and on his right leg.
Roland shares his physical and occupational therapy story here:
Almost two years ago, I drove 900 miles to visit my home state of Vermont. By the time I arrived, I could barely walk. I was in the hospital there for 5 days. The doctors initially thought I had a mini-stroke, but now that’s been ruled out. When I came home to Danville, I couldn’t walk at all, and I had to go back to the hospital. The doctors still don’t know what I have. They know it’s neurological, but that’s all.
When I left the hospital, I went to a nursing home before I could come home again. Then I had therapy at home, and when I was ready for outpatient, I tried this place. When I started, I was in a wheelchair, then I used a walker, and then a cane. My doctor changed one of my medicines to see if that would help, and I regressed. I’m getting better again now, but I still use my walker sometimes. I can’t drive because of my right foot, and I can’t write because I need my left hand to use the computer. I can still do almost everything else, but I do it really slowly.
The therapy has helped me a lot. There’s really some great people here. They’re professional, but they joke around and make you feel good about coming in. If you feel at home and comfortable, therapy is so much better for you.
Thanks for sharing your story, Roland!