Cynthia Dickinson

First post: Sep 7, 2018 Latest post: Dec 11, 2018
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My mom had a stroke last night while selling tickets at the Opry.  She felt hot and asked a customer to get Virgil. He tried to move her and when she could not walk and sat back down and slouched over, they called 911.  After a quick diagnosis in Baraboo she was transfered to the ICU at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin where she is receiving wonderful care.  

What we know is that there was bleeding in her brain and based on 2 cat scans, they believe the bleeding episode is over, but the blood in the brain remains.  The surgeon does not think it would be helpful to do surgery. There will continue to be brain swelling for 2-5 days and they are just trying to keep her comfy and manage the swelling.  They have her under sedation, but every 2 hrs they pause it to do neurological tests and the results have remained consistent. She responds to pain in both hands and both feet, but is not able to respond to requests to wiggle her toes or squeeze or hands. She has been opening her eyes a little.  She is intubated to make sure she is getting plenty of oxygen to her brain and to ensure that she does not have any respiratory difficulties. 

Asking for prayers:
- that the hemorrhage has stopped (which they think may have) and that it doesn't restart
 - that responses to commands steadily increase
-that she can get the breathing tube out within the next two days
-for her strength and comfort 
-for guidance and wisdom for her caregivers

We are thankful for all the support we have received from friends and family both here and also far away. Mom has a great team backing her!
-Liz Friday Sept 7,  6pm

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