First post: Nov 20, 2019 Latest post: Mar 29, 2020
Last weekend was like every other weekend where Elijah had a home game. Margaret, Kurt and I headed to Chester, PA to watch Elijah play.  Margaret was her typical basketball mom self, yelling, cheering and screaming for her boy, #3.   After the "Pride" won, we all headed back to Maryland where Maggie dropped me off and headed home.  She complained of a mild headache, but she had been feeling a cold come on, so no one thought anything of it.  Many of you know Margaret, Kurt & Elijah welcomed a new puppy in their home in February, Coco, a pit bull mix.  For the last several months, Maggie has been allowing Coco to sleep with her in bed.  Thank God she did, because Coco saved her life.  She started to bark around 6:00 in the morning.  Pretty typical for Coco.  Normally Maggie would get up with her, but when she barked a few times, Kurt thought Maggie was just very tired so he got up and opened the door to let Coco out.  Once Kurt let Coco back in the house she immediately ran upstairs (which is not normal) and started barking outside of Maggie's door and wouldn't come downstairs.  Kurt thinking this was odd, but chalked it up Coco wanting to lay back down with Maggie, so he went upstairs. He opened Maggie's door and she wasn't in bed, nor in the bathroom.  That's when Kurt found Maggie on the floor incoherent trying to get herself up off the floor.  When she became unresponsive to Kurt, he called 911.  

She was taken to Holy Cross, Germantown, where they immediately diagnosed her with an ICH stroke (IntraCerebral Hemoragic stroke) and after getting her stable, transferred her to Holy Cross Silver Spring.  They immediately placed a stint in her brain to begin draining the blood off her brain.  They also placed her on a ventilator.  She has shown some signs of improvement.  She is currently breathing on her own, so they removed the breathing tube on Tuesday.  However, she spiked another fever overnight.  She has been able to move her left side, but consistently to commands to move.  Nothing on the right side as of now, but she does feel pain on that side.  Margaret has a very long, emotional and painful road to recovery.  Many of you reading this have already reached out with offers of prayers and assistance.  For that, our entire family is deeply grateful.  We will be posting on Caring Bridge when there are any significant changes.  In the meantime, we have set up a GoFundMe page to help ease the financial burden this is going to take on the family.  No gift is too small.  If you have already donated, our deepest gratitude, if you are unable to donate, we understand.  In any case, please keep Margaret in your prayers.  

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God Bless all of you and may God Bless Maggie.
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