Patient’s Age: 59-years-old
Admission Date: 11/27/19
Admitted From: TriStar Centennial Medical Center
Reason for Stay: Non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction
How did this patient hear about Chatham Hills? Hospital referral
Details of Experience:
It was just a normal day for Henry Ridley when he was fishing at a nearby pond in Nashville. Later, he returned home and took off his shoe and noticed a sore on his foot. He waited a few days and when he looked at it the next time it was completely black. This ended up leading to a trip to the ER and surgery for the amputation of his right leg below the knee at Tristar Centennial. After his surgery, he started to experience kidney failure and problems with his lungs.
Henry showed up to Nashville Center deflated and weak but you never saw him without a smile. Henry started to go through therapy and started to build up his strength. Once Henry started to feel better you never saw him in his room. He was always chatting with other residents and staff. He mentioned that he never gave up hope and that he tries to encourage other residents to always do their best in therapy because that is what got him through the hardest of times.
Henry enjoys when Amputee Walking School comes in because they are so uplifting and are always cheering residents on to do their best. Whenever you ask Henry what he wants to do when he gets home, he always says, “After I get my prosthetic and learn to walk again I am going to go home and fish every day, and maybe I will go sing in the gospel choir, again, at my church”. He also mentioned that he will work every day to become stronger and better with his legs.
Henry loves to be at Nashville Center. When asked what his favorite part was he said that it was the people here, not only the staff but also the other residents. He stated that he will miss all the friends he made here but made a promise to not lose contact. He stated, “I don’t have to tell you why the staff here is so great, you can just see it.”