Nancy Barnes Nancy Barnes

First post: Jul 30, 2020 Latest post: Sep 21, 2020
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On Thursday evening, 7/23/20, Nancy had a left small basal ganglia stroke (ischemic) that effects right side of her body.  
Friday AM 7/24 she was admitted to Methodist The Woodlands Stroke Unit.   She spent 5 days in hospital where she began PT/OT/Speech Therapy 
Tuesday 7/28, Nancy was transferred to Encompass The Vintage Rehabilitation Center RM. 117 for approximately 3 weeks of PT/OT/ST.  They do not allow visitors, but Sharon Jennings told me she was able to stand outside her window and wave to her.   I visited outside window yesterday and was able to see her!  :) 

MENTALLY: She has NO cognitive deficits! YAY!  She is all there and her sense of humor is intact! ;) 

PHYSICALLY: She has sensation in right side of body, able to move right leg, but is working on regaining use of her right arm.  She is able to move right hand slightly. Good news is her right arm muscles are resisting and engaging.  Now she has to train her brain to re-wire connections.  She has slight right facial droop, but can fully smile and raise her eyebrows!  Yay!!  Her speech is slightly slurred.  You will notice this if you speak with her on the phone.  She is able to feed herself and use her cell to call, but can't text at this time.   She is on a special soft diet, so do not recommend any food items be sent.   

SPIRITUALLY:  Strong in her faith.  God Heals!  All of your thoughts, prayers and messages have brought tears to her eyes.  She is a fighter and wants to return to Princess and her home.   She has a strong will to get better!!  

Bit of humor:  I was able to spend 3 days in hospital with her (which is a miracle bc this is NOT allowed).  One of her night charge RN's was named Mark.  Next day-her tech was young man named Jessie.  I called Jessie- Mark all day long.  In the late afternoon after Jessie left the room, I said "Thank you, Mark!".  My Mom said..."Isn't his name Jessie?"  LOL!  Yep...schooled by the stroke patient!  We have laughed about this for days.  

Brought her CD player and 5 CFBC Solid Rockers CD's.  Mom tells me that these are training CD's!  LOL!  Oops!  

WHAT TO EXPECT: approximately 3 weeks of intensive therapy.  Ups and downs as her body adjusts to intensive therapy and healing process.  There will be good days and bad days.   Most healing occurs within first 90 days, then will continue for months-even a year.  

Thank you to all of you for your continued prayers, love and support!  Nancy's Army!  

Love, Jenifer (daughter #4)
Kathy (daughter #1)
Beth (daughter #2)
Chris (daughter #3)

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