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12/26/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and prayers and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Here's Kay's story. Kay had a stroke while at work at St John's Lutheran Church Wednesday December 21 around 5:15 (x-apple-data-detectors://0) or so. There were no choir practices or confirmation classes so she was alone in her part of the building after teaching piano lessons. She was going to attend a 6:30 (x-apple-data-detectors://1) choir party at a home but did not make it. When she did not come home by the expected time of about 9:45 (x-apple-data-detectors://2), husband Brian started calling her for 30 minutes, and with no answers he drove to Mound to St. John's, about 25 minutes' drive, and found the church all locked up with Kay's car the lone car in the parking lot. The senior pastor gave him the door code over the phone and Brian found her about 11:00 (x-apple-data-detectors://3). Police came within 5 minutes and an ambulance in another 5 minutes. They took her to Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Her speech and thinking are fully in place but her left side is very weak. After an array of tests and procedures and a a parade of doctors, Kay was accepted into the Courage Kennt Rehabilitation Institute for in-patient acute rehab so that she could get a heavy day of rehab--speech, physical, and occupational--starting on Christmas Eve before the therapists here had Christmas Day off. The tentative plan is for her to do rehab here over the next 2-3 weeks, for which we are very thankful. Yesterday during her very first day of rehab, she was able to move her left leg by her own will for about 50 steps, which was breath-taking. Please keep Kay in your prayers for her left side in general and her left arm specifically (which shows no progress yet). Kay is a fighter and hard worker and that will help! As a pianist, she is already telling her left hand to do scales with her righ hand. This is not the Christmas we expected, but we are deeply touched by the love and prayers of family and friends and churches, and are trusting the goodness of God.