ORHC Wound Care Supports Patient to Reach Goals

One Patient’s Road to Recovery at ORHC

Waller experienced diabetic complications when her big toe turned black and completely lost circulation. She went to the hospital where they found that the infection had traveled up her body.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to make it because of the infection,” Tonya shared.
The toe had reached such severity that the only choice was removing it completely. “My initial reaction was that I didn’t want to lose my toe, but I trusted the doctors and knew it was for the best,” Tonya explained.
After having surgery to remove the big toe, she underwent physical therapy and then Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy once a day for ten days at the Ottumwa Regional Wound Care Center. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber.
“Dr. Lewis was really good, she explained everything to me. The nurses were all nice and worried about me. They even came and saw me up in rehab.”
Tonya’s short-term goal is to be able to wear shoes again. Her long-term goal is to be able to wear her high heels her son bought her.
“I am reaching my goal and nothing is stopping me. When I put my mind to something I accomplish it. The staff at ORHC Wound Care has supported and helped me reach my goals.”
Tonya is now able to wear slippers and certain sandals.
“I can now walk well without my big toe. I am almost back to normal.”

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