I had lots of anxiety in the Milwaukee facility. The treatment was poor. I was sent to the hospital because I had atrial fibrillation.
My daughter found out they had an opening at Northwinds Vent Community, so the timing was right. I had to learn to trust again. When I came I had a Foley, a food tube, a ventilator, an open heart surgery wound, and a belly wound. Baby steps are the key. There's good communication here.
When I was in Milwaukee, my daughter cried all the way home from visiting me. Here, the regular meetings with Tim (social worker) really helped. He kept her up-to-date on my progress and she could ask questions. I did something new every week, but they didn't push me. Now, I'm off the ventilator, I've had my trach and food tube taken out, and I walk to meals, go to the activity room to play cards at least three times a week, and I help people in the dining room. They tell me I'm an inspiration.
This is a really nice place, like my parent's cottage by the water. I think water is healing!