Seeing the pain she suffered combing her hair and buttoning a shirt, I became a physical therapist to help others become more independent.
After a serious infection, my patient David’s leg was amputated. During our time together, I coached David through his fears about how to adjust to his new life.
I helped David learn to walk again. The results didn’t have to be perfect, he said, but for David the ability to operate independently meant everything.
I’m proud of how far David has come. Now, he wears his pant leg rolled up to show off his prosthetic, and he’s willing to share his story to help others.
Sandra suffered a stroke that left her unable to walk or move one side of her body. Together, we set out to get her moving again.
Sandra and I developed this mantra as we worked to get her walking again.
Before Sandra left, I helped fit a brace to support her weaker leg — giving her help with everyday tasks, like stepping into the shower.
At home, Sandra will run into challenges and I won’t be there to help. That’s why we focused on practicing getting up off the floor after a fall.
At the end of the day, my job is about helping my patients. It doesn’t get any better than seeing someone walk for the first time in months.
I don’t pay attention to what kind of health coverage my patients have or if they’re on Medi-Cal. I truly believe that everyone deserves access to care.