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9/16/2016 Latest post:
As many of you know, my mom (Terry) had a stroke the morning of September 8. Thankfully she was already at Stanford Hospital on account of getting a heart arrhythmia that had sent her there on Tuesday. FYI - if you're going to have a stroke, it's best to already be in a hospital! Bonus points if you score a hospital that has a stroke center. Mom hit it out of the ballpark on both accounts! She was tended to quickly and the doctors removed a clot that was blocking one of the main flows of blood to the heart. The following days taught me a lot about the body's ability to heal itself, the difference that sometimes even three hours can make in a healing process, and the gift of good health care. The nurses in the ICU and on the stroke floor at Stanford were tremendous - willing to go out of their way to contact me and give me updates or respond to my request that mom get a shower. They were encouraging of mom and tended to her needs with both professionalism and compassion. Her prognosis looks really good and we're so very thankful on all accounts...especially for the love and support of family near and far and the dedication of the Stanford community to getting her back on her feet again.