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Jul 11, 2020 Latest post:
Sep 13, 2020
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On July 1st, my Mom Grace just wasn't feeling well. She had a migraine and some stomach issues. My Dad took her to Urgent Care. She underwent a CT Scan and COVID test, both were negative. She was sent home with some sinus medication. The following day, her speech slurred and she had pain in her hands. My Dad called 911 as he suspected she was having a stroke. She was admitted and the decision to adminster TPA a strong blood thinner to treat the ischemic symptoms of a stroke. She was placed in the neuro ICU for observation. Unfortunately, she had a rare (2-7%) side affect of the TPA and suffered a hemorrhage in her right frontal lobe. She had lost control of her left side and she was intubated to protect her airway. Our family decided instead of waiting and watching to see if her brain would heal on its own to undergo brain surgery to evacuate the clot off of her brain. The surgery was completed on Sunday July 5th. The surgery was successful and she was extubated from the ventilator the following day. She has regained motor control of her left arm and leg and has been up out of bed and walking with PT and nursing. Since the surgery, she is having trouble with her blood pressure and is having medication administered through an IV. They inserted an A-Line (arterial line) for continuous monitoring of her Blood pressure. This is very important to prevent any further bleeding or stroke. She is oriented to time, place and her situation. She follows commands well. One thing I know about my Mother is she is strong in her faith, love of life and family. She will fight her best fight and with the help of all your thoughts and prayers, she will except this challenge and win. My family and my sister Jacki's family have been on vacation in Vermont. We will be heading home tomorrow. Due to COVID we most likely will not be able to go visit her in the hospital. She is overall doing well and is receiving excellent care at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. The doctors, nurses and therapy team have been exceptional. I will do my best to share updates now on this site. I invite you to visit often. I must admit that I am a bit exhausted and I request some privacy at this time. I will do every thing I can to help my Mom recover. The best thing you all can do for me and our family is to pray and pray often. Grandma Grace is strong, but she has quite a recovery process ahead of her.