Irene suffered a moderate stroke on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 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 a moderate 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 she was transferred to the hospital's rehab section on April 13, where she underwent daily therapy to improve her speech and strength. The rehab staff determined that she was well enough to go back home on April 21. Visiting nurses then came to her house each morning to do such things as help with medications and bathing.
Despite the extra help, it became too difficult for Mom to cope with day-to-day life, and living alone became too dangerous, so she moved to The Hamlets, an assisted living facility in Penticton, in mid-October, and she sold her house. Mom has been eating better and enjoying more social interaction, but she continues to struggle with incontinence, a hiatal hernia (making eating painful), unsteadiness on her feet, dementia and more recently swelling in her feet/lower legs.
The edema/cellulitis got so bad the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 14, that she was admitted to the hospital in Penticton. It turns out the cellulitis in her right foot was related to a badly stubbed/fractured toe that she suffered about a week earlier. She will be fitted with a special boot. Antibiotics have taken the swelling way down in her right foot, but she needs to walk much better before she can be discharged--probably early this week. The question remains whether or not Mom will be able to return to The Hamlets. She may need more care than she's getting now.