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Section D November 5, 2014 * Page 1D Kyle woman makes strides towards relearning to walk BY KIM HILSENBECK W Hrm Springs ehabilitation ospital in Kyle is known as a state-of- the-art facility. But for Julia Martinez of Kyle, it's where she goes to see her angels. That's what she calls the staff atWarm Springs - people she met sev- eral months ago when she had to learn to walk again. The room where Martinez is lying flat on an exercise table is bright and clean. Aaron Miller, physical therapist at Warm Springs, puts Mar- tinez through the paces of her exercises. "He's a little crazy but he's great," Martinez said of Miller. "He pushes me to the limit." Beneath her was a blood pressure cuff; her goal was to maintain a level of S0 while perform- ing pelvic exercises. What is she doing? "Working on core strength and stability," Miller said. "Because of the pelvic fracture, inju- ries and trauma to that area and the tissue in that area, she has a hard time controlling,., her move- ment...This is a reeduca- ti fl t?o! for her to use t ' fla/dt: 6 get those muscles firing- in a way she can contr61 it." The Kyle facility opened just a few months ago. Taci Archer, Marti- nez's case manager and an RN at Warm Springs, said "When [Martinez] came to us, she'd had no physical therapy." That meant months of inactivity. So her injuries were compounded by the lack of strength and conditioning. Martinez shared how she came to Warm Springs. She and her three-year- old grandson, Brandon, survived a severe car accident in April, but the damages to her pelvis (broken in both the front and back), leg (all ligaments torn) and liver (severed) were life chang- ing. At the time, she'd quit her job with the state to take care of her aging father and no longer had any health insurance. Her husband could not add her on his insurance policy until open enroll: ment in July. Following a 26-day stay at Seton Medical Center Brackenridge, including several days in the Inten- sive Care Unit where doc- tors did not expect her to live, Martinez now faces a quarter of a million dol- lars in medical bills. She doesn't remember much from the week after the accident. When she finally came to in the hos- pital, she thought she and her family were still going on a camping trip. "I told my mom we were still going camping," Martinez said. "She said, 'No, honey, you're not go- ..... =i~i~ii i{/i: i Quick facts about Warm Springs Rehabilitation: @ It's a for-profit facility 40 beds, all private rooms; average about 18 patients at any given time in the in-patient hospital Six specialty rooms: four bariatric rooms; 350 Ibs or above, morbidly obese - specially weighted for up to 750 Ibs. and two infectious disease rooms; air filtration systems separate from other rooms; open the door and the air is sucked into the room not out of it All rooms are handicapped accessible and have a shower chair Average length of stay is about 14 days Warm Springs is a small division of Post Acute Medical in PA ing anywhere.', "We're fighting the The past few months insurance company of have been rough on Mar- the lady who hit me," she tinez, she said, dealing said. not only with the physi- After her accident, one cal pain and relearning of her father's hospice to walk, but also with the nurses told Martinez psychological aspect of about Warm Springs. her situation. The rehab facility of- "I couldn't understand fered to cover the first why this happened to portion of her therapy, me," she said through Archer said. tears. Martinez was immo- Martinez still sees a bile from April 25 to Au- counselor to help her gust 4. During that time, cope with the aftereffects she also gained weight of the accident, from not being able to As for the financial move much at all. situation, Martinez said "I was in a really bad she and her husband place," Martinez said, have retained two at- "Having to start over like torneys who work on a a baby has been a tough contingency basis, task. But the strength PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK Physical therapist Aaron Miller watches and encourages Kyle resident Julia Martinez as she regains her ability to walk. A serious car wreck in April left her pelvis shattered and her left leg nonfunctional. She has been in therapy at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital in Kyle since August. that they give me herewhile being what's called makes me feel like Won- 'deweighted.' der Woman." It's a way of taking the She and Archer joked weight off so the person that she should wear that can perform the exercise costume for Halloween. without dealing with the While looking in a pressure of body weight., mirror, Martinez did leg Archer said. exercises to help get back Warm Springs also has her gait. She grimaced a partnership with Seton during much of her Medical Center Hays. therapy, audibly moan- Archer said, "The ing with the movements. Centers for Medicare and There were some tears as Medicaid Services (CMS) well. regulates that rehabilita- Archer said when tion facilities must have a Martinez first started her partnership with an acute therapy, it was as if she care facility because you had frozen joints; the real need that continuum of therapy couldn't begin care." until the therapists loos- Warm Springs also has ened her joints, the Tolos weight track Martinez was wheel- - it's a walking track for chair bound for almost people who are paralyzed the entire two weeks she or can't move on one side. was in in-patient therapy. "They can still work She is now in outpa- those muscles without tient therapy three days a putting any weight on week. Her sessions run 45 their legs," she said. "We minutes to an hour. are the only place in Cen- Martinez wrapped up tral Texas that has one." her therapy session. There are a few other "She'll be in the pool rehab facilities in Central next week," Miller said. Texas, including Reliant "One of the benefits of in South Austin and St. being in this facility is we David's Medical Center. offer aquatic therapy." But Archer believes they He said Martinez is still each have their place. having trouble walking. "We all have something "When she gets in the different to offer," she pool, it unweights her said. and helps her walk," he She believes there is said. more and more need for Archer explained some rehab facilities, particu- of the features at Warm lady as the population Springs. The facility has ages. an in-house X-ray, lab "It's very expensive to and pharmacy. It also put people in a nurs- has what's called the ing home. Many people Biodex weight system - come here to get stronger for the treadmill, which so they can go home," she allows patients to walk said. in BY ANDY SEVILLA Hays County home sales slipped in October, marking a 17 percent decline when compared to home sales during the same month last year, according to recent home sales data. October home sales, which include standard residential homes, condomini- ums, town homes and manufactured homes, closed at 183 for the month, according to David Aston and R. Victoria Peterson, Buda realtors of Team Aston. Last year, October sales reached 214 homes. Home sales decline "is typical and not a' surprise in the real estate market. These trends happen every year at about the same time and will most likely continue into the holiday .season and through" the early new year," 1i. Victoria Peterson, Team Aston ' realtor said. As summer comes to an end, home sales decrease since home buyers are either set- fling into their newly purchased homes or they have decided to wait until the next break in their chil- dren's school activi- ties to make a move, Peterson said. "Historically speak, ing, the market will pick up again in early March 2015 as the weather warms, spring is in the air and people begin to start think- ing about their next move..." she said, Both short- and long'term growth is predicted for the future of Hays County's real estate market, accord- ing to Peterson and As- ton, largely due to the county's geographic location along Inter- state 35 and situated next to Austin. Austin city officials have estimated that about 110 new resi- A dents move to the daily, and Peterson .... said some of Austin's population overflow looks to settle in Hays County where homes are more affordable. Austin's median home price in Sep- tember was $240,000, eight percent over the same month last year, while the average home price rose seven percent to $308,514, according to the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR). The median home list price year-to-date in Hays County is $235,000, while the medial sales price is $167,000, accord- HOME SALES, 4D Calcet is designed to help stop low calcium leg cramps. Just ask your pharmacist. I ACUPUNCTURE PROS No Needles. No Fuss, 800 W Hwy 290, Dripping Springs 512-686-0876 Tymothy O. Bryce, LAc Annu . ii ii/'!" iii f n [ il