“Thank God for the rehabilitation program at Penrose-St. Francis,” stroke survivor Keith Guibert said. “I am walking and getting around pretty good, and I’m getting ready to do my driver’s evaluation because of the program.”
After suffering a bleeding, or hemorrhagic stroke, on St. Patrick’s Day 2015, Guibert was a patient on the 8th floor at Penrose Hospital for two months. Since being discharged, he has been actively partaking in the outpatient rehabilitation program through Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.
“I was in the garage getting something out of the freezer for dinner, and my other half wasn’t home,” Guibert said. “I laid on the floor for 2 1/2 hours in the 36-degree garage. Although the cold turned out to be a good thing because it slowed everything down.”
Although hemorrhagic strokes are less common, only 15 percent of all strokes are hemorrhagic, they are responsible for nearly 40 percent of all stroke deaths. Caused by either a brain aneurysm burst or a weakened blood vessel leak, hemorrhagic strokes cause blood to spill into or around the brain creating swelling and pressure, damaging cells and tissue.
“We still don’t know the reason for my stroke,” he said. “I guess my creator just decided it was time to slow me down.” Guibert had no risk factors for stroke and the neurosurgeon scans and angiogram did not reveal the cause.
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services provides 24/7 advanced stroke treatment and was named a certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health, the region’s leading healthcare network.
“When you’re recovering from a stroke, any information and support you get to help you live life better is a great thing,” Guibert said.
A multi-disciplinary team at Penrose-St. Francis helps stroke patients reach their individual goals with a full range of therapy services complemented by specialized programs to enable patient to return to their best possible level of function and independence.
“Last year I participated in the Stroll For Stroke 5K Fun Run and Walk in a wheelchair,” Guibert said. “This year I will do it again, but this year I’ll be walking.”