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Ann began falling last Wednesday following a back injury at work. She didn’t show up to work and her office was quite concerned as this was very unlike Ann to not call or come in. I was in Des Plaines that day and tried calling her at the office and at her home on her cellphone. When she didn’t answer I drove over to her house and found her in the kitchen where she had fallen and was unable to get up. I was able to get her up and she went into work that afternoon. That evening she arrived at home at 9:30PM and fell again exiting her car. She laid on the driveway all night long until caregivers for her next door neighbor heard her cries for help and were able to get her up and into her house. Thursday evening I received a call from her friend and next door neighbor, Barb, who found Ann had fallen again and was unable to get up. Ann asked Barb to call me and I drove right over. I assessed her condition and told her that we would have to call an ambulance. The paramedics arrived and took her to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. She was taken to the emergency room where they hydrated her and ordered a CAT scan of her head. This scan revealed a brain mass in the right frontal lobe. She was admitted to the MIC unit - Medical Intensive Care.
Due to her kidney function being compromised by the dye from the CAT scan they were forced to delay an MRI until Sunday. The MRI confirmed a right frontal lobe mass measuring 2.9 x 6.2 x 4.2 cm.