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12/2/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
On Tuesday, November 29th, Bram suffered a stroke while at work in North Vancouver. He collapsed and, fortunately, a worker on the jobsite saw him fall and was able to immediately summon help. This led to an ambulance being called and Bram taken to Lion's Gate Hospital. I received a call at work and was told what had happened.
After making many phone calls to family and friends, the boys and I went up to see Bram. He was quite tired when we arrived - after being in Emergency all afternoon, he was being transferred to a room in the Neuro Critical Care Unit. The care that he had received to-date has been incredible. The nursing staff are very compassionate, the room Bram has is lovely. Last night, Bram was unable to move his right hand or leg, was unable to follow simple one step directions "Lift your left hand Bram". We weren't sure if he just wasn't understanding the direction or if perhaps his left side was somewhat affected as well. Bram has paralysis on his right side and his speech is basically gibberish.
When the boys and I approached Bram and got close to him so he could see us, his eyes lit up and he was excited. I truly believe he is "in there" and trying to communicate. Bram definitely recognizes his family.
At this time, we are only allowing family in to see Bram and the hospital policy while in the NCCU, only 2 visitors at a time.
I will try to update daily. I am quickly discovering that the best way to keep you all updated on Bram's recovery is going to be this blog. I want to make sure everyone gets the same info. Tomorrow I will share some of the findings of the CT scans that were taken. But for now, my body is exhausted, and I am hoping for my brain to shut off and pray for a good night sleep.
Can I please ask you to keep Bram close in your prayers. Pray for strength and patience.