From Bed To Standing….. When it comes to patient care and cure, its always challenging if the patient is bed ridden for almost 2 years, in his 60 s and had a bad ICU experience during his stay at other hospital with acute renal failure, electrolyte imbalance, with urine bag, chronic liver disease, chronic constipation and uncontrolled diabetes. The same patient had a H/o rectal carcinoma and had undergone surgery + adjuvent radiotherapy.
You could have imagine his struggle for survival in which he managed but in course of time this made him immobile and hard enough even to move his limbs and fingers.
While remembering the case , his son came to our chief for MURIVENNA ( mild aches and pain) post physiotherapy for his shoulder, he explained to me regarding the case and how emaciated and lethargic the patient was after discharge from the hospital. He is having chronic urinary infection and electrolyte imbalance which disturbed him physically and mentally.
our treatments for electrolyte imbalance are very effective and has achieved almost 100% recovery even in sinking patients. So our prime goal was to make electrolytes stable and will see how the patient condition progress. It took around one month of medicines to make the sodium levels to get back in 130-135 range, once achieved patient slowly began to show signs of recovery.
Again urinary infection still persist and was one of the main problem for electrolyte issues, during the course of time his POLY NEUROPATHY become worse and his mobility become almost zero. But patient was gaining nutrition and feeling better.
We admitted him on the moth of sepetember 2018 for one week to see how he respond to Ayurveda treatments. Since the patient was bedridden an Ambulance was needed. After physical examinations we were confident enough to assure him that he will be able to stand with/without support, again the patient had such a tragic experience in ICU which made him to hear our voices like another murmuring beetle…..
During the course of treatments which started with mild external paste applications for two sessions and mild heat modalities on coat made him feel better, treatments made the joints free from edema and tenderness which enable us to shift him from his room to our treatment room on wheel chair. Again as everybody know you have to make atleast two steps to get over the treatment table and is slippery enough to grip on the table. So first day FAILURE…. We have to opt treatment on a small customized coat and for the first week it was the same.
Slowly as day progresses he started gaining confidence and there were noticeable changes in sleep habits. This made his biological clock start functioning and patient started showing glimpse of his younger days( more energetic, talkative, confident). One of the complications post chemotherapy was with his nail buds ( swollen,oozing, tender) of both hands and feet. This made his grip almost zero and which further made emaciation of muscles. Our external paste applications and special bandages were good enough to reduce the symptoms to 75% and this improved his grip.
Our first plan was for two weeks and after 10 days with the results we achieved patient was confident enough to stay 4 weeks at our hospital to finish the first course of treatments. On the 12th day we managed him to climb the treatment table and further body treatments were done over wooden treatment table . Everyday our therapist will make him stand ( morning and evening- physiotherapy) and after 20 days he gained enough power to lift himself from his coat with support.
Again standing was a big problem, his knee joints were immobile for almost 2 years which made the joint almost fused but with bandages and heat modalities we made 45 degree flex knee joint good enough to make him stand.
As ayurvedic approach of disease is holistic,special care for mind should be taken care of with head therapies and body cleansing. Since he was a chronic liver patient with a history of kidney failure,internal medicines were always monitored and specific medicines were given. No elevated LFT/RFT during the course of treatments
He was good enough to stand with support for at least one minute and was very happy….. i will come back to see you again……only in my CAR…….
I appreciate the efforts of whole vaidhyamana staff for the care which enabled patients like him Stand and Walk Again……
Dr.Tintu Mary Augustine ( CMO)