Andrew’s Story: UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital


The memory of the whole day is, is pretty vague. I was in a coma, I’m told, for I think was two weeks. A lot of tube in me in this one. I don’t really know exactly how I felt. Luckily the police officer came by and saw me on the ground, you know, took care of the situation, got me taken over to the hospital. But somewhere, I think, on this side or over here is where I think I hit my head. They did surgery on my head, got a craniectomy and a craniostomy too. I was in very bad shape couldn’t eat, I couldn’t drink, I couldn’t do anything. The rehab hospital, I mean, I got to work with some physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language therapists and of course the nurses and the patient care assistants and everybody. The whole team was there. Everybody was there there for me the whole time, just really making it a good process and really, really making, encouraging me to succeed, and I think I think that’s probably why I did so well. The rehab hospital, they were really good at pushing me towards getting back to where it was in life before my accident. After being in the Rehab Hospital, now I study nursing which beforehand I never would have imagined being something that I would do. The environment there – I really liked it – it was a place that as a patient I really enjoyed and I kind of wanted to give back. The experience I had at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, it was just great. Everything they did for me there, they took such good care of me, like I feel almost as good if not just as good as I did before.

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