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Triathelete gets back in the race.
Patricia Snyder was an avid cyclist, swimmer and runner — an endurance athlete who competed in triathlons. But her life forever changed on Christmas 2004. On that day, the Sharp Grossmont Hospital occupational therapist was riding her bike along Main Street in Ramona when a pick-up truck swerved into the bike lane and struck her.
The 50-year-old mother of two received care from Sharp Home Health. A physical therapist and occupational therapist worked with her for six weeks, two days a week. “I cannot speak highly enough of those two. They were so professional and so encouraging, and they helped me problem solve,” says Snyder.
Even though she could have chosen a place closer to home for her outpatient physical therapy, Snyder preferred Sharp Grossmont Physical Rehabilitation for its reputation and her familiarity with the staff and facilities as an employee of the hospital. Her physical therapist put her on a stationary bike, giving her specific activities to strengthen her leg. “Reba, my occupational therapist, reviewed things in a very functional and practical way for me.”
With the aid of her therapists, family, friends and coworkers — and a lot of moxie — Snyder has made an amazing journey to recovery. In October she competed in a Half Ironman on the swim relay team in the challenged athletes category.
“To credit one thing is difficult,” reflects Snyder. “My recovery has been about being at the right place at the right time. This experience has also taught me to appreciate the support systems I have.”
Snyder expects to return to work soon — and get back on her bike. A marathon may not be far off.
For More Information
To learn more about Sharp's rehabilitation services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician who can refer you to a physical therapist, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about rehabilitation, visit Rehabilitation in Adult Health or read the Rehabilitation News archive.