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8/21/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Linda's Caring Bridge site to keep everyone updated regarding her journey back to good health. As you know by now it all started on 8/16/2016 when Linda suffered a hemorragic stroke. She was taken to Emory Johns Creek Hospital where they stabilized her and determined the extent of her stroke. She was then transferred to North Fulton Hospital because it is a Level 2 Trauma Center and has a Neuro Trauma unit with doctors and nurses trained to care for stroke patients. After two weeks in this ICU unit Linda was transferred to the Acute Rehab unit of North Fulton Hospital. She spent 8/30 - 9/23 in this unit until she was discharged and entered Life Care Center Of Lawrenceville. Linda came home on 11/2/16 and is receiving therapy here. We had 3 care givers from Home Helpers helping us at home, but after many changes of personnel and some missed shifts we hired a private care giver (Sonia Ramsay) who comes each day 7a-7p. Our primary care doctor sent us to the Emory Stroke Clinic at the main Emory hospital next to Emory University. The Neurologist there determined Linda had suffered a previous stroke(caused by a blood clot, on the left side, probably didn't know it and it probably caused no neurological damage), that this stroke was caused by amyloid angiopathy (wearing of the veins due to amyloid protean in the walls), she has good prospects of some recovery of her left side (but it will be a long process), there is still blood in the brain ventricles that must dissipate before she will begin to heal and improve. No one can predict how long this will take.