Irene was diagnosed with a "mild to moderate" stroke on Sunday, April 10, two weeks after her 85th birthday, and admitted to Penticton Regional Hospital. Her main symptoms were speech that was initially unintelligible, weakness in her right arm, poor fine motor skills in her right hand, and memory issues. Her mobility was not severely affected, although she has been using a cane to walk. A CT scan of her brain showed that she had an isthemic stroke caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain due to a blood clot. Further tests showed that her heart was probably not involved in the stroke.
Within a few days of the stroke, Mom's speech and weakness were much improved, and was transferred to the hospital's rehab section on Wednesday, April 13, where she is undergoing daily therapy to improve her speech and strength. The rehab staff determined that she is well enough to go back home on Thursday, April 21. Visiting nurses will help with such things as medications and bathing. She will also need help with meals, housekeeping, rides, shopping, banking, etc.