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Bonnie's Road to Recovery
12/4/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Bonnie Robinson's CaringBridge website. We are going to use this to keep family and friends updated and will try to post promptly with any new information. Some of you may already know, but for those of you that do not, Bonnie suffered from a brain aneurysm on the evening of Saturday, November 26. It happened on the road, traveling home from visiting family in Washington. While stopped at a rest stop between Klamath Falls, Oregon and Weed, California, Bonnie suddenly had an intense, excruciating headache. It was quite obvious something was out of the norm and very serious. Fortunately, they were in an area with cell phone service and were able to call 911 and an ambulance was able to meet them. She was transported to the medical center in Klamath Falls, where they quickly determined that she had an aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhage. She was then transported via plane early Sunday morning to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. She promptly underwent neurosurgery to clip off the aneurysm and stop the intracranial bleeding. The surgery went well and they were able to stop the bleed before a stroke or seizure occurred. There does not appear to be any permanent brain damage!!! After her surgery, she was transferred to the Neuro-Surgery Intensive Care Unit and will continue to be there for some time. This first week has been a rollercoaster but she is a fighter. After days of little progress, she is now slowly becoming more responsive, coherent and the beautiful, feisty Bonnie we all know and love. Unfortunately, when she gets stronger, a second procedure will need to be done to repair a damaged, weak area in the vessel that ruptured. However, it will not need to be as invasive and will pose less risk than leaving it. She has a very long road of recovery ahead of her, both cognitively and physically, but we have every reason to be hopeful. Please check back here for new journal entries and updates. Feel free to leave messages as we will make sure to read them to her and show Ed. Your prayers, expressions of love and good thoughts are very appreciated.