Welcome to our CaringBridge site. On behalf of Tracy and Katie, the UBC has created this page to keep everyone informed of Tracy's condition and the needs of their family. Please see Katie's message below for an update on what happened and his current status. "Without warning while home in the morning on May 16 Tracy had his 1st stroke dissecting his left vertebral artery C2-C6 and throwing a clot to his cerebellum, not knowing this was what was going on due to odd signs and symptoms, I brought him to Sky Ridge later that day. As his symptoms resolved, they started him on some standard home meds and Tracy came home the next day. He rested that week. Then on Saturday May 21st while home he became incredibly dizzy, diaphoretic, nauseous, pupil changes, etc...I immediately called 911 and he was again transported to Sky Ridge where they found he extended his dissection/clot from C2 to the base of his brain, failing aspirin therapy, requiring Coumadin. Since then Tracy has been in ICU and neuro/tele floor, and has been sick. He's had to battle intractable hiccups, terrible vertigo and nausea, visual changes, left sided in coordination and weakness, swallow troubles, etc...These weeks have been very long and very difficult especially as we don't know why the dissection happened, and how long he will be dealing with these symptoms. This past Friday he transferred to Spaulding Rehab in Aurora to work on mobility and continued medical issues. There is a long recovery road ahead." Katie Rocklin
Right now, it sounds like Tracy is very nervous to be alone and scared he will have another stroke. This most important thing we can do for him is keep visiting. There will be a sign up posted in the staff lounge for anyone who is able to go see him! Don't feel like you have to go alone, take a buddy! There will also be information posted on how to donate PTO, as Tracy has ran out of hours and hasn't been at Swedish long enough to qualify for full short-term disability. Everyone's help in supporting Tracy and Katie is very much appreciated! If you go visit or have questions/comments please sign the guest book on this site!!