This is a picture mom wanted me to share - pre-stroke.

Vicki Moeckly

First post: Apr 3, 2022 Latest post: Aug 8, 2022
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. 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.

Vicki suffered a stroke on the morning of Thursday, March 31, 2022.  She had been sick overnight the prior evening and thought she had food poisoning. She had difficulty moving around the house, eating her breakfast and doing her normal routine - like checking her phone. Daughter, Gina, texted her and called her with no response. Vicki somehow called her back. Her speech was very slow and broken up, and she kept saying she couldn't use her phone - as in, she didn't know how to work it. Gina knew something was wrong. She immediately drove to her house and found her slumped in a chair unsuccessfully trying to use her phone. Gina drove her to the Methodist ER where they immediately did a CT scan. This showed evidence of a stroke with a brain bleed, and the initial diagnosis of amyloid angiopathy. She was admitted the hospital in the CCU (Critical Care Unit). 

This has impacted the back left portion of her brain, which has resulted in right side impairment. What started as weakness and tingling in her arm/hand and leg has evolved over a couple of days into total loss of feeling and functionality in those areas. Her brain is not sending the right signals to tell her hand to touch her nose, pick up a pen, use silverware, or really just about anything. She has also lost her right side peripheral vision. Cognitively, she was initially able to answer questions about where is she, who is our president, when is her birthday, where does she live, etc. As I write this, on April 3rd, the cognitive decline has been substantial. She cannot form complete sentences, is unable to read or write, can't recognize numbers, doesn't understand how to control things like a tv remote or her phone, doesn't know names, including her own, and has extensive memory issues.

She has had multiple CT scans and MRIs. The neurosurgeon indicated she is not a candidate for surgery. He also explained that the brain will do more swelling and things will get worse before they get better. As of right now, the plan is to continue with rehab with physical therapy, which will likely continue for several months. We, of course, hope that she will recover these physical and cognitive losses, but also understand that it will be a long road and we all must stay positive and supportive of her to help her keep working hard. 

We appreciate all of your kind words and messages checking in on her condition. Gina and Alyson are doing our best to keep up with communications with everyone, which is difficult since she requires our full attention right now. We will post updates here so that we can more easily manage connecting with everyone, which will allow us to focus on our mom. 

We also appreciate those who have asked about visiting. State policy limits visitors for hospital patients to 1 visitor per 24 hours. Gina and Alyson are trading off every other day, and no other visitors are allowed. While we appreciate the desire to visit, even if it were allowed, she is in no condition for visitors. Please feel free to comment on this site or send cards, if you wish. We will read comments to her as we're able. 

Prayers and well-wishes are greatly appreciated! She needs all of the support we can give her!

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