Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson has named its latest Employees of the Quarter.
Leslie Taylor of Brandon was named Clinical Services Employee of the Quarter. She serves as a physical therapist for MRC’s stroke recovery program.
Toney Vaughan of Jackson was named Support Services Employee of the Quarter. He serves as a technician for MRC’s environmental services department.
‘A tremendous help’: Methodist Outpatient Therapy to host free screenings for proven lymphedema treatment on Feb. 27
When Carol Cannon of Ridgeland was diagnosed with lymphedema, she had never even heard of the condition that was causing swelling in her lower legs so severe she couldn’t wear shoes.
“It’s bothered me for at least eight years,” said Cannon, 81. “I’d been to several doctors. They thought the swelling was from my heart, then my veins. They tried me on strong diuretics. I just figured nothing was going to help me.”
‘We knew he’s in there’: Therapy at Methodist Rehab gives aneurysm survivor Spencer Gunn a second chance
Spencer Gunn spent two touch-and-go months in a Memphis hospital after a brain-injuring aneurysm. But his wife Jacquelyn never lost hope he would get better.
“First, they had told me he only had a 2 percent chance to live. Then, when he left the ICU, they said he didn’t qualify to go to rehab,” she said. “They said he could either go to a nursing home or home. I told the doctors that I wasn’t going to leave the hospital until my husband gets some therapy.”
Choreographing a comeback: Specialized therapy helps dance teacher overcome debilitating balance disorder
As she leads her students at Xpress Dance in Madison, Melanie Creek moves with grace and fluidity, the product of more than 30 years of practice.
But back in July, she was more like a wobbly toddler taking her first steps. “I couldn’t even walk straight,” she said. “It was really scary and very frustrating.”
Creek’s problem was a debilitating balance disorder. And the dancer credits physical therapist Susan Geiger for choreographing her comeback.
The gift from Linda and Wirt Yerger III of Ridgeland will establish the Yerger NeuroRobotics Research Fund. The aim is to improve the application of robotic therapy for those who have suffered stroke, brain or spinal cord injuries.
You’ve just stumbled upon a man lying unconscious in the woods. He appears to have fallen from a tree stand. What do you do?
That question confronted participants of a recent Wilderness Medicine Seminar at Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Flowood campus. And the answer was probably a surprise to some.
Rather than rushing to act, it’s best to size up the scene for threats to your own safety, advised seminar leader Dr. Philip Blount.
Beyond the hospital: Injuries are overcome and lives restored at Methodist Rehab’s community-based clinics
George Atchley of Ridgeland, Miss., is not the kind of guy who rushes into surgery.
He’s lived with a bum knee since he woke up 10 years ago with a burning sensation in the joint.
“The next morning it was completely numb, and it has been completely numb ever since,” said the retired planetarium director for Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
Atchley might still be ignoring the problem, if not for some pain-related sleep deprivation.
Back on the beat: Quest program helps Meridian policeman return to the job he loves following a brain injury
As a 20-year veteran of law enforcement, Devie Freeman is used to closing cases.
But still open is the case of what exactly happened to him on the night of Aug. 22, 2016 at his Canton, Miss., residence.
“In the wee hours of the morning, around 3 a.m., apparently I was attempting to go downstairs—I’m assuming to get a bottle of water—and I fell down the stairs,” Freeman said. “Later, I was informed that my door was open and my alarm went off, so the police came to the apartment for the alarm call and they found me laying on the sofa and bleeding.”
The flip side: Prominent ob/gyn doc finds herself on the opposite end of the doctor-patient relationship after being paralyzed by a rare syndrome
In the summer of 2016, Dr. Edra Kimmel was living the hectic life of a popular obstetrician/gynecologist.
She had patients to see, babies to deliver and surgeries to perform. So when she began feeling achy and feverish, she refused to let a few flu symptoms slow her down.
“I was too busy to deal with anything,” she said. But a couple of weeks later, she had to cry uncle.
“I woke up with complete right facial paralysis, both legs were completely numb and my abdomen felt like a girdle of numbness,” she said.
A daily dance: Quest Program provides JSU student the tools for coping with lupus after surviving a stroke due to the autoimmune disease
The members of Jackson State University’s dance ensemble give each other nicknames to reflect who they are and what they’ve been through.
They call Martez Baldwin “Indestructibly Paid.”
“They say I’m indestructible because I’m not letting anything stop me,” Baldwin said. “And the paid part, they said that’s because I’ve paid my dues.”
Baldwin, 27, has lived most of his adult life under the shadow of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that attacks healthy cells in the body.