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Thursday morning, Dec. 15 Paul was at work and suddenly had a dizzy spell, vision issues and loss of feeling on the right side of his body. He dropped his phone, leaned on a table and co-workers quickly got Paul a chair. Adam, a true lifesaver, knew immediately something was wrong and called 911. Early intervention after Paul experienced a stroke saved his life. Adam Watson, Thank you for responding immediately! Once at Kaiser hospital, Paul received TPA IV meds to dissolve blood clot. We were then transferred to St. Vincent's Hospital Stroke Trauma Center. Upon arrival to St. Vincent's, Paul began to recover feeling on the right side of his body (!) with intermittent feeling in right hand/fingers. Paul has loss of right visual field in both eyes precluding driving. Following CT scan this morning, we learned that TPA medicine did not entirely break the clot. Paul has minimal swelling in his left PCA (Posterior Communicating Artery). It will take up to 6 months to know vision outcome. Good news! Currently, Friday noon hour: Paul is mobile, communicates well, but has expressive asphasia (difficulty with word recall). He can read & do math. His brain is working and despite headaches today, he's feeling okay otherwise. Plan to release from ICU today, likely going home, tomorrow, Saturday. Thank you for your thoughts & prayers! LEAVE WELL WISHES BELOW... HOLD ON FOR MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO HELP (tribute donations go to caringbridge, not to Paul, Katie & the girls.)