A story of triumph for one Oklahoma senior whose path to recovery at Grace Living Center El Reno is inspiring others!
A medical setback couldn't keep Georgia Buchanan from reaching her goal of walking again. This isn’t the first time she’s worked with the skilled therapy team at Grace Living Center El Reno. A torn ligament in Georgia’s knee is why doctors recommended she get surgery. “It was because I fell so much,” stated Ms. Buchanan.
She first worked with Physical Therapist Assistant Leigh Ann Griffith after undergoing a partial knee replacement, but the surgery didn’t hold forcing her to have a second correction surgery. Now, back on the road to recovery at Grace Living Center El Reno, Georgia is making great strides in physical therapy. “She has gone from not being able to walk to walking up to 50 feet now. She’s really shown good progression with the medical difficulties she’s had,” stated Griffith.
Besides working on rebuilding strength during her physical therapy sessions, Georgia is also working on balance to help her accomplish every day tasks such as standing at the sink to brush her teeth or making something to eat in the kitchen. “Georgia is one of our shining stars. She is always smiling, always talking about her friends and family and how much she enjoys her therapy,” said Griffith. All of her hard work in physical therapy is paying off and helping to get her closer to her goal of walking and ultimately becoming independent again.
“They make me laugh and they help encourage me to keep walking and to keep doing my exercises too,” said Ms. Buchanan. While Georgia has been thankful to have such a great support system in place with her skilled therapy team by her side throughout this journey, it’s also been an emotional one. “I wouldn’t put any weight on this leg. And, I told my family that I would walk for them. My family tell me they’re proud of me,” said Buchanan with tears in her eyes. Grace Living Center El Reno has proved to be a home away from home, both Georgia and her family have enjoyed. “My family wants me here because they’ve been taking really good care of me,” said Ms. Buchanan.
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