11-10-2005 Geoff survived his first brain stem Stroke after hours with a headache. It took 3 days to diagnose the stroke, but they finally found it in the brain stem. While Geoff had hopes of climbing South Sister, his body was damaged in all limbs. He began to walk, but eventually his ankles twisted due to tone in his legs.
Like a manatee, Geoff set out to work through his challenges with physical, occupational and assorted therapies. He went on to ride horses and sit ski. Getting outside is and always will be who he is. Recovery and progress was slow, but steady.
The urban chairs were not adequate and he fell out on his first trip into downtown Bend. Now is working on developing an ADVENCHAIR to get himself and others into the woods.
11-6-17 Vertigo on the Bus Geoff was on the Dial-A-Ride bus on his way to work. Ironically, he was in his wheelchair on the bus and they had just dropped off a patient at St. Charles Medical Center. They took a turn, accelerated and sun in his eyes, made him feel nauseous. The bus driver took him back to the hospital and then he proceeded to get sick with his blood pressure through the roof. A few scans later, stroke symptoms came and went. They finally diagnosed him with Atrial Fibrilation and a TIA, or mini-stroke. Hmm. He slurred his speech, but later could recount every detail.
11-8-17 Heading Home With those new symptoms came new meds and a heart monitor.
11-9-17 New Medications and Rest Remedy for healing. New medications and rest in his big blue reclining chair.
11-10-17 Celebration and Advenchair planned for it was exactly 12 years since he survived his first brain stem stroke. Yvonne serves Geoff steel cut oats, walnuts and honey... Bad Idea. Within 30 minutes he vomited it all and lost all strength in his limbs. He could not pull up his weight so I called our neighbor, Nick, who is a fireman. Together we got Geoff into the van and to the hospital.
Back in the ER. New staff trying to sort out the symptoms. CT scan indicates that now he has fluid in the lungs. Must be pneumonia. Oh, no big deal.
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