July 23, 2017 We were on a family trip to Illinois this weekend visiting family and staying with my Uncle Dale. Unfortunately my mother Sharon had a stroke Sunday morning and we rushed her to the ER at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL. The doctors determined blocked carotid arteries and heart arrhythmia we're the cause of the stroke, she was moved to ICU. Sometime during Sunday night/Monday morning she suffered a second stroke. She has multiple clots all over her brain, complete blockage in one carotid artery and limited blood flow through the other carotid artery. They are purposely keeping her heart rate elevated to help force blood flowing through what small space she has on the good side.; they cannot however raise it too high due to risk of breaking blood vessels and causing her more problems. The next 48 hours are crucial to whether she will recover or not. If there are no more strokes and/or setbacks, she can have surgery that will remove the plaque from the good artery, allowing blood flow to the entire brain. The artery on the other side is already too damaged to repair so ...the repaired artery would do the work of both. They won't be able to perform surgery until the clots are dissolved/broken up and the danger of more strokes has subsided so... we're looking at 4-6 weeks before she's strong enough and well enough for them to operate. It would be a long road back and a lot of care and major rehabilitation but ...if all goes well she may get back to or close to being how she was before all of this happened.
Keep your prayers and good thoughts coming as she definitely needs them now.