Ronald Bagnera

First post: Oct 25, 2021 Latest post: Nov 25, 2021
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On Tuesday 10/12, Ron suffered from an embolic stroke on the left side of his brain. This occurred sometime in the morning after he texted his oldest son Ron Jr happy birthday and before he brought his youngest son John to the bus stop.

After receiving an SOS message from him I returned home to find him walking and pacing, calling me Gail (his sister’s name) but not making any sense with his words. Thinking he was having a diabetic crisis I attempted to get him in the car with no luck and called for a rescue.

With a blood sugar of 352 he was rushed to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. As his sugar count rose to 383 the doctor recognized it was a stroke and got him in for a CT which showed about 1/3 of his brain impacted with a clot still present. As the CT scans continued the clot disappeared. It was clear global aphasia had set in; he could not clearly express himself and he couldn’t understand.

His blood pressure was upwards of 229, so the push to get all his neuro tests done to sedate him to calm him down was the next step as they prepared him for a transport to the Surgical ICU.  In order to prevent damage, keeping the vitals in check was critical. Before being cleared from this floor he experienced several challenges with aphasia.

After 4 days in the SICU,  Saturday evening he was moved to cardiovascular floor. All of his heart echo tests came back negative for a reason why the stroke occurred. Anti depression meds were administered and he continued to be combative in part due to the aphasia. Eventually this lead to being restrained under the care of a sitter 24 hours a day due to being a fall risk. These were a challenging few days. After a nasty experience with an unpleasant nurse I identified a variety of strategies to get the medical team to see that were more reasonable. After the meds were adjusted and sleep happened he was transported to the acute floor. 

As of the date of this post Ron remains in the hospital while I work with insurance to get him into rehab. A GoFundMe page has been setup to support Ron's family during this time

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