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On Monday April 20th Steve was sitting in the living room talking with Nathan when Nathan noticed his speech suddenly became garbled and he wasn’t able answer or talk. Nathan called Kristan who immediately told them to call 911 and get to the ER. Steve shook his head no so Nathan loaded him up into the truck and headed to ALMH. Kristan called ahead to the ER and told them to get ready for an incoming stroke patient and then she called Culvers and let me (Elaine) know what was happening. Once we got to the ER they took Steve straight back to CT. It was confirmed by CT that he had a brain bleed or hemorrhagic stroke on the left side of his brain. His blood pressure was in the 180s so ALMH staff was working on getting that down along with working on a transfer to Memorial in Springfield.
Once at Memorial he was taken to the ER since his room upstairs wasn’t quite ready. Neuro ICU team saw him down there and started him on a nicardipine drip to control his blood pressure. With Covid 19, visitors were restricted to 1 in the ER and everyone else had to wait outside in their cars. Kristan was able to persuade the right people into letting Nathan and I back there with them. Once back with Steve the neuro team came back and spoke with us and then the chaplain stayed and said a prayer. We then had to say our “see you laters and love yous”. Absolutely no visitors allowed upstairs. Steve was taken upstairs to the Neuro ICU to begin his rehabilitation journey.