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Rehabilitation Helped Get Her Back on Her Feet

Karen HSKaren Blocher was cooking breakfast in her family’s camper. She was unaware that there was a gas leak underneath it, and when she lit the stove there was an explosion. She, her husband and grandson were all badly burned.

Karen definitely took the brunt of the blast: “I was pretty much at the center of the explosion.”

The three exited the camper quickly, and Karen’s son-in-law helped them drop and roll to extinguish the flames. CareFlight flew Karen and her husband to Miami Valley Hospital (MVH), where she was immediately transported to the Adult Burn Center.

“I was sedated the first month I was there. They say I would not have been able to bear the pain,” she said. Her second month at MVH was spent in the inpatient rehabilitation unit of the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio (RIO) at MVH. When she arrived there, Karen was not able to do anything for herself. “In the Burn Center, they had been trying to get me on my feet, and I’d take two steps forward and two steps back,” she recalled. The staff told her they would have her walking in two weeks. Karen was skeptical. “I was so weak from being in bed for two months.”

Persistence – the staff’s and Karen’s – paid off. She was able to walk with a walker in two weeks. The RIO therapists also helped Karen move her shoulder, which was “frozen” in place. This enabled her to feed and better care for herself when she was discharged to go home.

Karen continued with therapy at RIO’s Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program (CORP). Karen’s hands and arms were severely burned and the hand therapy helped her immensely. “The staff seemed to be understanding of my discomfort. They were right there. They tried to stay ahead of any pain that I might have encountered.”

RIO’s friendly, knowledgeable staff enhanced Karen’s progress. “They sent me home with a lot of exercises I could do in conjunction with my work at CORP, which I tried to faithfully do. It seems every week there’s something new I can do that I didn’t do the week before.”

Content Updated: November 23, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Rehabilitation Services.
Outpatient Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Coffman Family YMCA
90 Remick Blvd. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at Claybourne Medical Center
1525 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH  45429
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Huber Heights, OH  45424
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Rehabilitation at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at the Wright Health Building
1222 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH  45402
Rehabilitation in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Rehabilitation in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
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