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Last Wednesday night, September 21st, Don had a stroke. He was taken to St. Mary's hospital in Rochester where he continues to be in the Neuro ICU. The type of stroke Don had was a hemorrhagic stroke, meaning a small blood vessel at the base of his brain ruptured. The hemorrhage is near the brain stem which controls consciousness and is a high traffic area for many functions. The first 48 hours were tenuous, as the hemorrhage slightly increased and a tube had to be placed internally to drain excess cerebral spinal fluid. The last 24-48 hours have been stable. The hemorrhage has stopped bleeding. The swelling in his brain has somewhat improved with the drain in place.
Don continues to be intubated and unconscious. Since he's been in the ICU he will occasionally squeeze our hands in response to questions and move his arms and legs. But, today he nodded his head yes when we asked him if he knew the Vikings were beating the Panthers (we had the game on in his room)! We don't know yet if and when Don will wake up and what the future holds. He will definitely have a deficit on the left side of his body and will require intensive physical therapy for months. Having said that, we are all extremely encouraged by today's events.
Thank you in advance for all of your support, prayers, and words of encouragement. Cheri, Christian, Laura, and the Hann family