On Jan. 4, 2016, Lugene Plummer came to Wooldridge Place Nursing Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, for help in overcoming a cellulitis infection in her right leg.
Plummer, who had already had her left leg amputated below the knee, was getting around her house in a wheelchair, but she wanted to walk again.
The team got right to work in helping Plummer reach her goals.
The nurses and nursing assistants treated Plummer with IV antibiotics and resolved her infection, and the therapy team worked with her on getting her more mobile. Physical therapists worked with Plummer five days a week on strengthening exercises, gait training with her prosthesis and training in getting from one surface to another.
“Lugene was determined to get better and stronger and return back home,” said Florencio Miranda, physical therapist assistant.
Plummer met her goals and returned home on Jan. 19, healthy and able to walk comfortably in her prosthesis and with a walker.
“The therapy I have received here has taught me how to redo some things and improve those skills as well as made me stronger,” said Plummer. “My stay here has always been good. Plus, I have made friends here.”