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Tony Ray Yelvington
Thank you for visiting our page. Remember as you read our story and my posting, that I'm trying my best to convey what I'm being told by doctors and nurses and will try to be as accurate as possible. Tonys daughter, Mandy is an RN but lives in Southaven. Hopefully she will be able to correct me when I've misunderstood or posted some incorrectly. On Wednesday night, September 13, 2017, Tony had an accident at work. He slipped and fell backwards hitting his head. He seemed to be ok but sore and finished out his shift. On Thursday, September 14, he was even more sore and had a little headache but worked all morning around the house and farm as normal. He went into work about 3:00pm. About 8pm, I was driving down the driveway to church and he was coming up the driveway. I said, "What's wrong? Why are you coming home so early?" He said that he didn't feel too good so he came on home. I told him in would be back within the hour and to call me if he needed me. We live less than 2 miles from our church. I was coming back home about 9:00 and my phone rang and he said "get home quick". When I walked in, he was sitting on the bed holding his head, rocking back and forth, shaking all over, almost hyperventilating and sweating. He said his head was hurting unbearably and he was nauseated and felt like he was gonna vomit. We discussed whether to take some tylenol or what to do. We tried to call his daughter Mandy, RN to see what she thought and couldn't get her or his other daughter, Ashley. I called a friend who is also an RN and briefly explained to her what was going on . After talking with her we decided to drive to Simpson General Hospital in Mendenhall. They immediately did a CT scan and blood work and determined he had a blood clot on the left side of his brain and a brain bleed. He in on the blood thinner coumadin so they gave him meds to reverse his blood levels and something for pain. They said he needed to be life flighted to University Medical Center in Jackson to see a neurosurgeon. It was a 12 minute flight from Mendenhall and dad and I drove. He arrived about midnight and they confirmed that it was a blood clot on the brain with a brain bleed and would require surgery. His blood levels were better but they still wanted to hold off from doing surgery as long as possible. The doctor explained it was a very serious surgery and we decided to call his family knowing they would want to be here for the surgery. He was taken to surgery around 9am Friday morning, September 15 and they removed about a 1 inch clot and suctioned as much of the brain bleed as they could. There is also another clot deeper in the brain that they feel will absorb on its own. They are not sure how the clot has affected his speech and memory skills. It will be just one day at a time They are not sure if it will affect speech and memory - just one day at a time!!! Wow how we all know how life can change in a second.. We are just thankful that we praise and believe in and serve an awesome God. We have faith for complete healing and are thankful for all our friends and family that will be in prayer with us as we face this and travel on this journey. We know God has this and we pray for strength and comfort to accept his will. Thank you all for being here for us during this time.