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David's stroke status
Jul 13, 2019 Latest post:
Nov 5, 2019
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Yvonne speaking: David passed out and fell to the floor after dinner on July 9. His last words were: “I tried to walk”, then he fell silent. The EMTs came and whisked him away to the hospital where CT showed a massive left middle cerebral artery stroke. He received TPA, then went to the cath lab for embolectomy. They were able to remove 85% of the clot, but MRI the next day showed a dense stroke in the speech area, about 1/3 the size of the initial stroke. Later he developed atrial fibrillation, so we know the clot came from his heart. On the morning of July 12, he was awake enough to drink 2 shots of espresso and growl with satisfaction. He ate a little custard, then slipped into a coma from the developing cerebral edema. His kids, Cat, DA and I all agreed to change his code status to DNR,, as that was his decision when his mother had a similar stroke. Now we are waiting for the edema to resolve. We left the classical station playing 24/7 on a boom box, and before the coma, he was conducting music in his head with his left hand. If he survives, he most likely will not be able to speak, but I imagine he will still enjoy music , espresso, and touch