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It all started in the early morning hours of Thursday February 2, 2017. Dad usually sleeps in the recliner, but for some reason he was in bed and fell out of bed around 3:30 am. Mom heard it and after a few minutes she realized his left side was paralyzed and she couldn't understand what he was saying, she called 911.
Dad had suffered a major stroke, an ischemic stroke, where a blood clot has dislodged from a hole in his heart and traveled up to his brain and lodged, right behind his right eye. It shut off oxygen to a large area of his right brain. He was able to get a clot buster called TPA, but the clot was so large the buster couldn't break it up.
Fast forward to today February 24, 2017. Since all this happened he has been in Lincoln in the intensive care unit, had surgery called a craniotomy with bone flap to remove a portion of the skull to allow the brain to swell and been transferred to madonna rehabilitation hospital in Lincoln. He is talking, swallowing some soft foods, sitting up for hours at a time, and doing intense rehab. He also has a tracheostomy and is still on the ventilator. Because of his exposure to dust all of his life his lungs have taken a major beating, and we are finding out how bad they really are. We are getting closer to getting off the vent but still not there. He has a special valve that allows him to talk so that helps with communication.
We will try to keep this updated as much as possible.