A Himalayan Odessey

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Mr. V a 62 year old male, was brought in to Neurokrish-Trimed as he had been having difficulties with walking, could not perceive depth, experienced poor memory, and had become withdrawn, fearful and depressed. He fell from a height while on a pilgrimage in the Himalayan range in 2010, became unconscious, reached civilization after a week, was in the ICU in a local hospital for some days, before being brought to a major Chennai hospital for  treatment, following which he made a slow recovery. This, however, hit a plateau in mid 2012 at which time he showed signs of depression. He was diagnosed as having hypertension after the fall and had developed issues with hearing in the right ear. An entrepreneur, perfectionist and workaholic, he was religious and had enjoyed reading and travel (prior to the accident). When we met him in 2013, he was concerned about disabilities and his business which had wound down during his illness.

Mr. V underwent our 360* True Health assessment which demonstrated physical (especially walking, frequent falls and an inability to climb stairs); cognitive (working memory, planning and sequencing activity, visual spatial skills, motor tasks, short and long term memory); emotional (low mood, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness) and behavioural (irritability, low frustration tolerance, impatience and poor interpersonal skills). In addition he had issues with his bowel, bladder and sleep. He was enrolled into our comprehensive rehabilitation program for people with multiple medical disabilities. This included Ayurveda treatments; physiotherapy including gait training; psychological counselling including cognitive retraining, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and caregiver counselling; mud therapy for bowel and bladder disturbances; acupuncture; and other supportive treatments. His drug treatment was optimised with new drugs added to the regimen, redundant ones tapered off, and aided by therapy the number and frequency of drugs taken by him, steadily brought down.

Over a few weeks Mr. V has made a steady recovery. His cognitive difficulties have largely remitted, his walking has improved, so much so, that he now does 5 kms on his own and walks his dog as well; his mood has improved, anxiety reduced and confidence levels have been boosted up considerably; he is attending to his business again and has started to strike new deals, possibly saving his factory from closure; he is even planning a visit to the USA to spend time with his daughter, rekindling too an old desire for travel. Mr. V continues to attend his medical reviews and booster therapy sessions regularly as scheduled and is gregarious in his interactions with the treating team, often sharing a hearty laugh. His family are besides themselves with joy to have him well and truly back in their midst, for his has truly been “A Himalayan Odessey”.  For us at Trimed Mr. V and scores of courageous patients like him, are our true inspiration.

A Story Of Recovery From Brain Haemorrhage

Mr. M a farmer from an area near Chennai was first admitted in a prominent Chennai hospital with brain haemorrhage. After a two week stay in ICU he was transferred to a rehab centre. The stroke had left him confused, disoriented and apathetic with slurred speech and a weak left half of the body. Over 1 month intensive physio at the rehab centre resulted in his being more alert and able to sit up but not stand or walk. At this stage, his employer, a satisfied TRIMED customer, requested us to examine him and take him up for therapy.

Mr. M’s first visit to our Teynampet centre was in a wheel chair. While alert and oriented, he was depressed and apathetic, lacked confidence, and remained severely impaired in his activities, despite daily physiotherapy. At TRIMED Mr. M was started on whole body ayurvedic massage, acupuncture, yoga therapy, goal oriented physiotherapy, specifically gait training and psychological therapy (relaxation training and motivation enhancement). Almost miraculously, on the fourth day of therapy, Mr. M started to take a few steps with support and expressed a desire to get well. Today, after 3 weeks of TRIMED THERAPY, Mr. M is able to walk around with support, even going around the centre building with his family member assisting him. He has regained independence in all his sitting activities of daily living and is now being trained on safe transfers- bed-chair-toilet, in preparation to returning home. Needless to say Mr. M, his family, employer and treating physician, are all delighted with his progress, once thought to be unimaginable.

Mr. M is only one of many stroke patients who have made marvellous recoveries in our TRIMED THERAPY program, learning to overcome their disability. Indeed, they inspire TRIMED in its quest for excellence.