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Bob’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep all of our friends and family updated about Bob..

We are overwhelemed by all the support, phone calls, prayers and love that have already been sent our way. Our whole family greatly appreciates that we are in your thoughts...keep sending those "good vibes" this way...we really can feel them over here in Fargo!

On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 around 5:30 pm, Bob collapsed while with several old classmates and friends. Thanks to the quick thinking action of the people with him, 911 and an ambulance were called within a very short while.

He was taken to Bemidji Emergency where it was determined that he had experienced a stroke with bleeding on the brain and extremely high blood pressure. The initial concern was to get his blood pressure under control to help stop the bleeding so they could transport him to Fargo MeritCare by helicopter where he would be near a neurosurgeon should one be needed.

By 8:00 pm he was admitted to ICU in the Critical Care ward of MeritCare. Here they worked vigilantly to keep his blood pressure under control so as to make sure the bleeding into his brain had stopped.

It was determined that Bob had experienced an Intracerebral Hemorrhage in the lower left portion of his brain. This has affected his entire right side which is currently non responsive. He seems to have full control of all motor skills on his left side, but is unable to speak clearly. He can follow most requests of his left side and can answer questions correctly with a nod or shake of his head.

Most of Bob's time is spent sleeping...

Latest Journal Update


Merry Christmas, everyone!!

Because I'm not sending out a lot of Christmas cards this year, I want to let you know via this website that we are so grateful to all of you who have been so supportive and encouraging during our challenging past year.  You've all helped make things easier for us and we appreciate you all more than you know.

Bob is still working on regaining use of his right arm and wears the brace on his leg which makes if possible for him to walk short distances with his cane.  A couple weeks ago we had a new device added to our arsenal and that's a breathing machine he wears at night.  Since his stroke, Bob has developed sleep apnea and wasn't sleeping well and holding his breath during the night.  This was a little scarey for me so we had it checked out and the CPAP machine was recommended and now in use.  He is finally getting used to it.

Last weekend we made our second out-of-town overnight trip and it was to Eveleth to watch curling (of course).  It all went well except for the "handicapped accessible" room we had only had a bathtub, not a shower, and Bob can't get in or out of the tub.  I guess disabled people aren't always involved in designing these rooms.  Nevertheless, we enjoyed seeing some friends, watching curling and just being away from home for a couple days.

We want to wish you all a very happy, blessed Christmas and a new year filled with good things.  We are so blessed to have such special people in our lives and cherish you all.

Jan and Bob