Nancy Jorissen

First post: Jul 27, 2018 Latest post: Nov 22, 2018

On Saturday June 16th my mother experienced a brain hemorrhage. Initially it seemed the recovery would be somewhat straight forward, but she  experienced many complications. Doctors placed a drain in her brain to relieve pressure and drain fluid, was put on a ventilator, and was sedated. Occasionally she was able to open her eyes slightly and responded to some simple commands. She was slow waking up and responding once the sedation was removed.  On June 23rd, she started waking up and responding, and by July 6th all tubes and devices had been eliminated.

It is not known what caused the hemorrhage, but it was at the base of her brain.  There doesn't seem to be any damage done by the bleed.  However, after 4 weeks in bed she was left very weak.She was moved to Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul for rehab and continued medical care and was there about 2 weeks.  She is now at Saint Therese in Woodbury. She is working hard during rehab and as always, is a great patient.  The goal is to get her strong enough and walking again, so she can return home.

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