Jean Jorgensen JJ's Booster Club

First post: 11/8/2016 Latest post: 2/2/2017
On Monday, October 31st Jean underwent an outpatient heart catheterization procedure at Kansas University Medical Center to try to understand what was causing her recent struggles with shortness of breath, exceptional water retention and previously diagnosed pulmonary hypertension.  It was suspected to be heart related based on symptoms and because she had been diagnosed with heart valve issues originally in 1992. The heart catheterization successfully narrowed down the diagnosis to tricuspid valve regurgitation and indicated otherwise generally healthy heart conditions.  In preparation for the procedure,  Jean was going through a step down regime from her normal Warfarin/Coumadin medication to manage her INR (international normalized ratio:blot clotting speed measure) to an acceptable level to proceed with the catheterization. She had also recently been prescribed diuretics to try and shed the water retention. After the heart catheterization, she began the process to step back up to her target stabilized INR level and normal Warfarin/Coumadin medication levels. On Friday, November 4th, Jean complained of headaches that would not respond to ibuprofen or acetaminophen. At about 2:30 am Saturday, November 5th, Milton drove Jean from Winchester to the emergency room at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. A CT Scan there showed bleeding and swelling in her brain. She was transported by ambulance with Milton beside her to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City and the Neurological ICU there. (The Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute is an American Heart Association / American Stroke Association certified comprehensive stroke care center). The diagnosis explained by a nurse on November 6th was a subdural hematoma in the right cerebellum caused by a venous (vein, not artery) bleed out (intracerebral hemorrhagic) stroke. Fortunately, neurological surgery has not been required to drain any blood and a 3% saline IV solution (vs. 0.9% saline normal IV) is working to reduce swelling in the brain (salty blood pulls water into it to dilute salinity to normal levels) along with Lasix to reduce the overall body water retention. We believe, pray and are seeing signs that some level of meaningful recovery can be expected, though it is a long road with difficulty and risk along the way to clear the hematoma, restore her heart medication to care properly for her heart valve and re-establish confident visual and motor skills to be able go back home. Her mind is still sharp and she is able to communicate surprisingly well, which is a blessing and a curse. We know God will be pleased to welcome home his faithful servant someday into Christ's army and the heavenly choir of angles with all her friends and family, but we are sure glad she was not in such a hurry to get there this past week!  Help us cheer her and Milton on to recovery!

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