Bill Gessner

First post: Nov 29, 2018 Latest post: Dec 8, 2019
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Bill had a stroke on Tuesday Nov 27. The details are still fuzzy but he was on his way to the airport early Tuesday and was found unresponsive in an alley. Whoever found him called 911.  Bill is still in ICU but they have taken him off the ventilator. He speaks haltingly and said his left side was more affected than the right.  They are still assessing his situation.  Carolyn King is on her way to Minneapolis for a few days and will report more when she can. 

Bill has been moved from ICU to a (so far) private room on the 4th floor: 4.331. He has therapy at 9:45 am today. He is enjoying phone calls on his cell and can have visitors. They are still trying to determine his ability to swallow so he has a feeding tube. Of course we made sure that the contents of what they are putting in him is vegetarian! There is a piece of carrot cake on his bed stand and he is determined to eat it as soon as he is allowed. I am reading all posted comments to him and he is very touched!!!!

1 pm 11/30
Bill will be transferred to the rehab section across the street sometime this afternoon. I will post his room number when we get there. Twin Cities folks, the hospital parking ramp is at 8th and Chicago. Before you return to your car ask the front desk for a parking validation that gives you a discount on parking. He did well on his swallowing test and they will start him on blended foods later today but vegetarian GF is going to challenge the dietician!

5 pm 11/30
Bill has been transferred to the Knapp Rehab Center, room 336 on the third floor. It is the Blue bldg and is located on 7th St S and Carew Dr. He ate his first solid food today, puréed green beans and vanilla pudding. If anyone wants to bring him puréed organic fruits or vegetables he would be ecstatic! They allow you to bring in food if it’s cleared with his nurse. Organic baby food might also be a good option. We are trying to figure out a way to purée the carrot cake. Rehab starts tomorrow, he is starting the road to recovery!

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