Created January 31, 2018 - Welcome to Steve Happy's CaringBridge website regarding his stroke recovery. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
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Steve suffered a debilitating stroke on January 25, 2018. He has significant impairments and has a very long road to recovery.
Steve has two blood clots; one in the carotid artery on the left side of his neck and another in the left part of his brain. The clot in the carotid artery created 100% blockage in the vessel. However, the doctors believe that this is an old clot and did not cause the stroke per se, but it certainly complicated matters. The clot in his brain is responsible for causing the stroke. The neurologists at the University of Missouri determined that attempting to remove the clots would cause far more harm than good, so they opted not to remove the clots.
The stroke left Steve unable to speak, walk, or use his right arm and hand. He is currently receiving inpatient therapy at Capital Region Hospital, where he will be for approximately three weeks. Once released from inpatient care, Steve will be sent home. He will then undergo extensive outpatient physical therapy and speech therapy.
When Steve arrived at the ER, he was administered TPA. We've been told that patients who receive TPA often have better recoveries than those who don't. He is very strong, determined, and has a tremendous support system. We remain hopeful for a good recovery.
We are blessed to have so many kind, thoughtful, generous people in our lives. Words cannot express our extreme gratitude.