Jun 20, 2022 Latest post:
Dec 22, 2022
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.
On Saturday June 4, Joe was running errands with Nicole and suddenly had numbness and weakness of the left side of his body. He was rushed to the hospital where he was found to have a submassive stroke. He was administered a clot buster medication called tPa. Scans were concerning so he was transferred from Mercy Hospital to the University of Iowa for further management. At UofI he had more scans which confirmed a diagnosis of Moyamoya.
Moyamoya is a progressive closure of the arteries that feed the brain. This comes with a very high risk for recurrent strokes, among other conditions. To help prevent progression, he is being evaluated Monday, June 20 by Dr. Matthew Potts a vascular neurologist at Northwestern University for cerebral bypass. This is surgery to bypass the right vessels, much like a heart bypass but for the brain.
Joe was previously working as a truck driver. Due to this diagnosis, he can no longer drive. He unfortunately does not have short or long term disability insurance. He is facing a long recovery not only from the stroke but also with planning for the surgery. There are 7 children in the house 18 and under. He is working hard with his physical and occupational therapy and is fortunately able to move around independently and is working to regain strength.
We will continue to update this site as more appointments continue. Please direct any questions here so that Joe and Niki can get a break.