Ron Gronquist is a testament to the power of a positive attitude. On Jan. 15, 2015, Gronquist was involved in a head-on collision in which he suffered more than 10 broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Emergency personnel spent more than 30 minutes trying to extract Gronquist from his vehicle, and once they succeeded, he was flown via Life Flight to Northern Colorado Medical Center.
When Gronquist was admitted to Life Care Center of Greeley, Colorado, on Jan. 28, a reoccurring comment from those reviewing his medical chart was, “It’s easier to tell you which bones are not broken than to tell you which ones are.”
Though Gronquist has no memory of his accident, he does remember his son standing over his hospital bed telling him that he had been in a serious accident and that he was severely injured.
“I had periods of time where I couldn’t even remember who I was,” said Gronquist. “That was pretty scary.”
Gronquist chose rehabilitation at Life Care Center of Greeley based on the positive experience his mother had while staying at the facility.
“I knew right away that I had made the right choice,” said Gronquist.
When he first began therapy, Gronquist only had use of his right arm, and he was unable to bear weight on either of his legs. He required the assistance of two to three people to be moved in and out of bed and could only tolerate two minutes of any sort of activity.
Despite the long recovery road ahead of him, Gronquist maintained a positive attitude and worked diligently with physical, occupational and speech therapists to regain his mental and physical abilities.
“The biggest part of working with the rehab folks is keeping a positive attitude and staying focused on getting well,” said Gronquist. “The doctors told me that my positive attitude helped me get three to four weeks ahead in the recovery process.”
During his stay at the facility, Gronquist regained his ability to complete self-care tasks and began walking with a cane.
After three months of intensive therapy, Gronquist returned home to live with his wife. His remarkable physical progress inspired those who worked with him to keep a positive attitude no matter what challenge or circumstance they might face.
As Gronquist continues in his recovery process, he hopes to eventually return to work and be as productive as possible.