Thank you for the many kind words already expressed on my facebook posts. I wanted to start this Caringbridge page to be able to update as many people as possible at once. The following is a brief synopsis of events up until now and I'll continue to update. Peace, Leslie (Kathy's youngest daughter)
On the morning of Thursday, May 25th Kathy was at home and suffered a stroke. She was sitting in a chair, made a move to stand up and ended up falling to the floor. She was transported to Buffalo Hospital. Once there, it was determined there was a clot on the right side of her brain just above the carotid artery in the neck where it branches off into smaller arteries; lodging in one of the smaller arteries. She was given a dose of a powerful blood thinner called TPA to try to dissolve the clot. This did not work in Buffalo so she was transferred to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis to do an embolectomy to remove the clot. This was successful! She was then placed in ICU for observation overnight. The blood flow acted like a kinked hose. Once the clot was removed the blood was under pressure and they had to watch for possible brain bleeds. The MRI today showed a slight bleed but is controlled now and did no further damage. The stroke has affected the left side of her body. She has what is called Neglect Syndrome where the right side of her brain is not telling her body that the left side of her body is there. Currently the left side of her face has a droop to it and no sensation or feeling, her voice is kind of high and strained, her left arm has not moved much. She is able to bend her left knee a bit and raise it some off the bed and wiggle her toes. Cognitively she knows her name, birth date, where she is, etc., but she couldn't quite keep the detail last night that she had a stroke (she kept saying she just fell getting out of the chair, landing on her face). Today she knows it was a stroke and is keeping that detail. Small steps of improvement! Right now she's exhausted and frequently falls asleep during a task or evaluation by medical staff. She has now been transferred out of ICU to Abbott Northwestern's Heart Hospital to the 8th floor neurology/brain specialty area. Rm. #8072, room phone #612-775-3872. Over the next few days she will continue to be evaluated to ensure the best post-hospital stay rehabilitation plan. Obviously staying here at Abbott's Sister Kenny Therapy Program would be best but she needs to physically meet that criteria in order to be admitted there. We are seeing improvements physically a bit at a time. The IR (Interventional Radiology) doctor said it would start at the feet and work it's way up the body. That has been what we are seeing so we are encouraged. Please keep prayers coming especially for her left arm/hand to come back around. And prayers for patience as we wait for her body to knit itself back together. Because of the damage from the stroke her brain needs to find a new path for her nerves and impulses to get the message to the left side of her body. But, Lord willing, the body will do it!