Peter had a major stroke on Wednesday 9/9. He is stable but his functioning is extremely compromised.
He had been due to get a Cortisone shot in his back, and expected to be keeping to himself for a couple days to let it kick in, which tragically resulted in folks not noticing that he was out of touch. He ended up being alone for 2 days unable to get help. Unfortunately this took him past the window of time during which important treatment can be administered.
The good news is that those of us who know him well are convinced that he is functioning pretty well cognitively. The hard news is that he has lost functioning in his right side and is unable to speak - though he is trying. He is able to do simple things with his left hand like feeding himself and raising and lowering his bed.
Currently communication is limited primarily to nodding or shaking his head in response to yes or no questions. When he is alert and the questions are clearcut, he seems to be communicating yes or no effectively.
Pete had not assigned a medical proxy before this happened, so we are having some legal issues with medical decision making. We are moving forward on a couple of fronts to resolve this. We are also looking into where will be the best place for him to receive rehab and will be doing what we can to get him into the best facility.
We are cautiously optimistic.
We will be posting updates here so that people can follow Pete’s progress. And as things come up we will use this site to make requests for help.