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*****A few people have been asking what happened and when so I'll try to explain as much as I can.
Bob has atrial fibrillation of the heart (arrhythemia) and was put on a blood thinner for the past year/half (but NO MORE). When he went on it we were told he shouldn't hit his head. A few times in the past months he would bend over and say that he had a headache but when he stood up, it disappeared so we didn't think too much of it as he had never hit his head from a fall, etc. Then in January he got a headache that eventually went down into his neck - numerous people told him to go to doctor/ER including me while in Arizona. After a week of this (even came home early once from hunting) he finally gave in and called for a Dr appointment on Mon, Jan 27th. The Dr did a neck xray (which did show arthritis but no fractures, etc) but he said he didn't like the way Bob looked, so with Bob's history of blood thinners and headaches he sent him up for a CT scan of the head which showed two bleeds in the subdural matter of the brain so off to ER Bob went. I finally got ahold of him and he said that he was being transferred to Madison UW Hospital as soon as they could get an ambulance which had to come from Janesville due to Fort's being on a call. My friends in Mesa and Tami worked on booking me a flight, helping me pack and even making me a sandwich. Randy met Bob at UW Hospital where Randy stayed till I could get there and also stayed till Thurs. Chris, grandkids and I went to UW on Tues. We found out that Bob probably got the bleeds from jarring his head and that one of the bleeds was older and could have been from last summer (when he went on a roller coaster numerous times and also the bumper cars with Nick and probably was the cause of the bleed - according to the neurosurgeon). He was really lucky he did not have a stroke or any seizures.