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Most everyone knows the majority of Patricia’s journey these last few weeks. For those who don’t, here is a quick recap of the highlights:
On October 2nd, Patricia suffered a minor hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke. She was at the dinner table and felt like she was ‘sliding off her chair’, although she was not. She was rushed to Missouri Baptist Hospital. Right before dinner she had taken her blood thinner, since this was a ‘bleeding stroke’ we needed to reverse the effects of the blood thinner .... a drug to reverse this did not exist until 30ish days ago, when the FDA approved a drug to reverse the effects of blood thinners. Only 9 hospitals in the US had it and Barnes was one of them, we rushed her to Barnes. She was one of the first patients in history to receive Anadexxa. Within 90 minutes of symptoms rushing her to 2 different hospitals, administered the new drug, the bleeding stopped ..... I don’t know if it was by the grace of God, or the new drug, but the bleeding stopped!!! From this stroke she had slight numbness and tingling on her right side, as well as a little slurred speech and double vision. All things that can be worked on in physical therapy.
She was moved to the REACH rehab facility at Laclede Grove. [For those who don’t know, in July Pat and Chuck moved into a condo in Laclede Grove’s independent living. Having Patricia on campus with Chuck was very convenient. Chuck was able to walk over to visit her several times a day]. Patricia was doing well in rehab, she was making some good progress.
Saturday morning, Patricia suffered another stroke, this time it was an Ischemic Stroke [meaning she had a blood clot]. She was rushed to St. Mary’s hospital and quickly transferred to St. Clare Hospital in Fenton. They operated to remove the clot.
This stroke is much more serious. Her MRI from yesterday confirmed the stroke caused significant damage in her brain. Unfortunately brain cells do not regenerate. But, your brain has the potential to learn different paths to get around the damaged area. But, Patricia is going to have to work really-really hard to get there (those are long term goals). In this moment we need her brain to wake up enough to open her eyes.
She is currently in a coma-like state, she is on a ventilator, but doing most of the breathing herself. We are seeing (very slight) signs that she can hear us, when asked, she will move her right hand and right foot, we certainly pray more body parts start to move over time. Unfortunately, she has not opened her eyes yet. This, again, is our primary goal.
She is at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, ICU, room 3109. Visitors are encouraged as we believe she can hear all of our voices. They do have ‘quiet time’ from 2:00-4:00 every day, during this time only one visitor is allowed in her room, also, no flowers.
We will be updating this information as she improves! In the meantime, keep the prayers coming. Thank you.