Chuck Jaakola

First post: Feb 10, 2022 Latest post: Mar 4, 2022
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My name is Janelle Lunde. I am Chuck's daughter and will plan on providing updates as we have them.

Chuck had a brainstem stroke in early November while vacationing with Jeanne in Florida. Initially he had some major physical and cognitive injuries (unable to walk, hard time with speech, confusion and unable to chew or swallow) but the doctors were positive with rehabilitation therapy that he might be able to regain some functions. Because of the severity of the stoke he was not able to travel home and has been in Florida receiving care. As the doctors starting reviewing Chuck's medical history they were able to determine the stroke was caused from a pre-existing condition of Peripheral Vascular Disease.  Initially, he was moved to a rehabilitation center where he started doing rehab but it was noticed that his feet were struggling with circulation and a decision was made to have both of his big toes amputated, as they were necrotic and he was moved to the hospital for the procedure. After the toes were amputated his condition continued to decline. In addition, he tested positive for COVID and needed to go into quarantine. He made it through COVID but after his body has continued to decline and there is additional issues with the circulation in both legs, where amputation may be necessary. Currently, he is being treated for Sepsis for the last few days and his body is showing additional signs of stress with fever, low blood pressure and fluid in the lungs. He is being treated with antibiotics and fever reducers and at this time he has not regained any cognitive functions.

Jeanne has been down in Florida with him the whole time and family and friends and have been back and forth to help support Chuck and Jeanne. Because of COVID it has been impossible to have Chuck transferred to a hospital in Minnesota, as they have all been over capacity and would not accept a outside transfer but within the last week there is a chance we might be able to get him transferred which would require a medical flight transport. 

I'll continue to provide updates as we have any additional information.