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Regaining Physical Fitness After COVID-19

Friday, Aug 20, 2021

AARP by Stacey Colino, AARP, August 18, 2021 After being sick with COVID-19, many people are finding the trajectory back to good health to be full of twists and turns. Complications and lingering symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog make recovery unpredictable. Many also find that restoring their physical strength and fitness can be particularly challenging, regardless of whether they had a mild or severe case of the coronavirus. "You might not bounce right back,” says Mitchell Elkind, M.D., a professor of neurology and epidemiology at Columbia University in New York and past president of the American Heart Association. The reason? “The inflammation and immune dysregulation that comes from COVID may have consequences for how people recover. It might depend on their age, what their other medical...
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A Hebron woman was left for dead in a church parking lot. State police are stumped about who almost killed her.

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021

Hartford Courant
By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY
AUG 09, 2021 AT 6:00

HEBRON — Lois Roy was filling in the cracks of a mostly empty church parking lot in Hebron one May morning when the improbable happened: She was run over by a hit-and-run driver.

Roy, the church sexton in charge of maintenance, nearly died. She spent six weeks in intensive care at Hartford Hospital, intubated, and only recently began talking and walking.

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How a 61-Year-Old Connecticut Grandfather Once Paralyzed Completes Intense Obstacle Course and 5K

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021

By Inside Edition Staff
August 1, 2021

Greg Whitehouse suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome or GBS, a paralyzing autoimmune disorder likely triggered by COVID-19.

There were tears of joy and accomplishment when Greg Whitehouse crossed the finish line of an intense and challenging obstacle course. For someone who had been unable to walk just seven months before the Gaylord Gauntlet 5K and Obstacle Race in Connecticut, this was life-changing.

Greg contracted what he thought was a mild case of COVID-19, but two weeks after his diagnosis, he felt shooting pain down his back. This led to him falling and breaking his ankle.

 

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After being paralyzed, the piano playing continues

Thursday, Jul 22, 2021

FOX61 News
Author: Jim Altman
Published: July 16, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Tricia Oporto, a wife and mother of twin girls from Bristol found out the diagnosis in April, doctors found a tumor on her brain.

The 43-year old piano teacher and church organist went to get her special surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and has been at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford for her intense rehab for the past six weeks. 

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1st Q. 2022 Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award Nominees

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021

The 2022 1st Quarter Nominees for the Joseph A. Lindenmayer Employee of the Year Award

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Korene Varano had her leg amputated. Then she became a triathlete

Monday, Jul 12, 2021

Hartford Courant via Yahoo News
Lori Riley, Hartford Courant
Sun, July 11, 2021, 

When Korene Varano was 12 years old, she got a new bike.

Two months later, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in her femur. She never got to ride her new bike. But 30 years later, she would get another chance.

After 17 reconstructive surgeries, after a lifetime spent in hospitals, on crutches, in a wheelchair, in pain, Varano decided to have her left leg amputated in 2017. In 2018, she went to the Hanger Clinic in North Haven to be fitted for a prosthetic leg.

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Mud and Guts | The 'COVID Crusaders' take on the Gaylord Gauntlet

Friday, Jul 09, 2021

Fox 61 News
By Jim Altman
July 8, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — They call themselves the “COVID Crusaders”, a team of doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists from Gaylord Hospital who decided to add some more obstacles to their already overburdened workload. 

After enduring almost a year and a half of tirelessly fighting for their patients against the grips of COVID-19, the 37 staffers at Gaylord Hospital decided to enter the Gaylord Gauntlet – a 5k “tough mudder” race that happens every year outside the sprawling hospital grounds. 

 

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‘Think First’ program urges young people to be aware of swimming, diving dangers to prevent spinal injury

Friday, Jul 02, 2021

WTNH, Channel 8 News
by: Lisa Carberg
Posted: Jul 1, 2021 

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — July is the month when the most spinal cord accidents happen. The victims are mostly men in their 20’s diving into water that is too shallow or dangerous according to Megan Palmer who runs a Diving Danger Awareness Program from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare called “Think First.”

Gaylord is a top facility for caring for paraplegic patients.

Ryan Rosario of Meriden has been going to Gaylord since his diving accident left him paralyzed from the neck down in 2007.

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Last November, this Wallingford man was paralyzed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Saturday, he competed in an obstacle race.

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2021

Hartford Courant By Lori Riley Jun 27, 2021 at 6:00 AM   WALLINGFORD - — Greg Whitehouse hadn’t been feeling well and the day he fell and couldn’t get up last November, his wife called an ambulance. He went to the hospital Friday. By Monday, he couldn’t move or feel anything. “I was still breathing and my heart was still beating,” he said. “I could talk. That’s all I had. “I was going insane. I was in isolation because of COVID. I was only seeing people with double masks, double gowns, gloves. It was terrifying. Not only was my body wrecked by the eighth day, I had lost it mentally. I couldn’t sleep anymore. I was so anxious. I wasn’t myself. I didn’t really know where I was the last day, I didn’t know what was going on.”
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