Jan 23, 2021 Latest post:
Feb 20, 2021
Welcome to Peter's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. On Friday night at 10PM Peter had an acute ischemic stroke. He fell getting out of a hot bath and weakly murmured "I got hot and dizzy". When I was finally able to get into the bathroom, it was clear he was having an acute neurologic event. He had a left facial droop with significant left hemiparesis, garbled speech and loss of left visual field vision. After a snowy ride with Johnsburg EMS, a CT scan at Glens Falls Hospital showed no bleeding but did show evidence of a large clot in the right middle cerebral artery. By 12:30 AM he had received a dose of the clot busting medicine TPA and was promptly sent by helicopter to Albany Medical Center. Emma and Vitor drove up from Albany and met me at the hospital. We were able to see him briefly before he was whisked onto the awaiting helicopter. At 2AM he underwent a procedure using a catheter put into his groin that went up into the middle cerebral artery and most of the clot was sucked out. By9AM re-exam by the neurologist revealed almost complete return of motor function of his left leg and some movement in the left hand/arm which previously had been flaccid. Apparently his speech is garbled but intelligible and he is making as much sense as he ever does! I say "apparently" because due to COVID, he is allowed no visitors. In this weird COVID time, we are only guaranteed a call from the hospital in the event of something BAD happening, and otherwise we have to call periodically to get updates. If anyone knows someone who works on the neurology unit (room D320) at AMC, please let me know. It would be great to have someone "on the inside". We just dropped off his phone and are looking forward to seeing him ourselves when he catches upon his sleep and contacts us. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.