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Kathy has finally moved out of the hospital and is now at the Mirabella Skilled Nursing Facility in Seattle for rehabilitation. Kathy was at Harborview both in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at acute care facility in Seattle for more than 30 days.
Sunday afternoon at 3:30 on November 26, 2017 Kathy, Samantha and I were home watching the Seahawks and preparing to paint the living room walls. Suddenly she stepped off a short step stool pressing her forehead with her right hand. She was in pain and couldn't stand up. Very quickly her breathing was erratic and she was not responding to my questions. I helped her sit then lie on the floor. Samantha our granddaughter yelled to call 911 and within minutes I was kneeling over my love doing chest compressions with a 911 operator on speaker phone talking me through it. In a matter of minutes there were about 8 Seattle first responders in the room saving her life.
Later that evening in the emergency room waiting room at Harborview, Sam and I learned that Grandma had blood in the fluid around her brain from a ruptured aneurysm at the right front of her brain, technically referred to as a subarachnoid hemorrhage. The neurology team defined an immediate solution and proposed 2 surgical procedures that could be required on Monday.
By 1:00AM they had inserted a drain tube into her head to relieve the pressure and drain the extra fluids.