"I had a very severe break to my left wrist, complicated by Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I had already been to two other facilities and began to despair about my chances for any kind of real recovery. I could not work, drive, write, or complete the simplest household tasks and the pain was terrible. It was a very bad time for me and for my family.
Then a new doctor referred me to [a physical therapist] at Northern Westchester Hospital. From the very first time she examined me and gently explored my hand, my wrist and my arm, I sensed that she was the person who had the expertise to help me recover. I also sensed that she was a person of great compassion and compassion was something I really needed at that time.
And recover I did. [For 9 months] I came to therapy three times a week. At home, I did the exercises [my physical therapist] prescribed for me.
Each patient that comes is greeted cheerfully by name. The atmosphere is so pleasant and upbeat and everyone who works with the patients is just wonderful.
I was cleared to return to work. At home I was my old self again, gardening, cooking and capable of maintaining my home.
My final goal was to some day be able to pick up and lift over my head a grandchild. That happened this past spring. When I did this for the first time, I thought of [my physical therapist].
I really cannot express fully my profound gratitude for the help I received."