Ian McLaughlin: Rising to the Challenges of Post-Stroke Recovery
Ian’s latest achievement: The Rise Paralysis Recovery 5k Wheel & Walk
Ian, what’s most important to you about your experience with Collier?
As a person recovering from multiple serious strokes and complete hemiplegia, I needed to assemble a team of dedicated professionals I can rely on in my recovery effort for their support and expertise. The Collier team is like a family and is an invaluable part of my recovery team. The single most important thing to me is their dependability. I use an AFO to walk and as I recover motor functions over time my orthotic needs constantly are changing. I have been able to work with the Collier team on a regular basis to make the adjustments to my AFO as my needs have changed.
When you think back to your first evaluation with Collier, how did you feel when that was complete?
My initial evaluation with Collier occurred in November 2016 when I was in an acute inpatient rehab facility – only two months post-strokes. I was still cognitively very impaired and not walking very much and I had no idea what my orthotic needs were or what they would ultimately be. Collier orthotist, Dennis “DJ” Johnston, BOCO, CPA, fit me for my AFO (ankle foot orthosis) at that time. I have used the same AFO for three years now with numerous modifications as I become more ambulatory. In 2018, I wore that same AFO when I walked a 5K Turkey Trot in my local community.
If there were things that concern you about the future of your care, what would they be?
My concerns have nothing to do with Collier and their services. I am working very hard to control my post-stroke spasticity that causes me to need to wear an AFO and I hope to not need one someday. My concern is that I will never regain the ability to walk without an assistive device. I know that as I go through the process I will be able to work with the Collier team to fit me with progressively less cumbersome braces as my skills and abilities develop further.
A Board Certified Orthotist, Dennis fits custom orthoses for orthotic patients of all ages.
— Patient Care Specialist
— Specializing in Proprietary R-Wrap™ AFO’s since 2003
— Expert in Spasticity Management
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