Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
On Monday evening 1-25-16, Gene was working on his eBay business downstairs when he began to experience trouble speaking. Recognizing this was serious, and thinking he was possibly having a stroke, he told Karen and they knew they needed to get to the hospital. We are glad they recognized that they needed to get to the hospital, and lucky they live just a few blocks from Ridgeview in Waconia. We're not quite as happy that Gene decided to be the driver on the way to the hospital.
After a CT scan he was transferred to Methodist, he had a MRI and was told there was brain swelling and a mass. His speech initially was garbled but it continues to improve. He has had PT, OT and speech therapies. He's moving his arms and legs well but is still having difficulties expressing himself. He met with a neurologist and a neurosurgeon and was told a craniotomy to remove the tumor would be the best option. He has been given high doses of steroids to decrease the brain swelling, anti seizure medications and plasma since his blood is too thin due to blood thinners. He's been remarkably good natured about everything, even when being asked to touch his nose with his index finger for the 100th time.
Gene is in pre-op right now, awaiting surgery. We are scared and nervous but very hopeful. We appreciate all the kind words from our family and friends. We are so grateful for your prayers. When Gene was told that Jerry and Gail were praying for him, he replied, "I know. A lot of people are." So he, and we, feel it and are forever grateful.