Happy Christmas-time to you! We are enjoying quiet days together, after a trying nine months. Mostly, we are giving thanks for our outcome, both now and into our future.
Eileen’s recovery from her brain aneurysm,against the odds, has been remarkable and she has been home for six months now. She continues to work with an excellent speech therapist for Wernicke’s “receptive” Aphasia, but has completed all of her physical and occupational therapy. She walks well and gets a lot of exercise. Not everything has been accomplished, but the brain’s ability to repair itself is amazing, so we give thanks and look to future outcomes.
Our journey of these past months has shown us that life is about how we love and treat one another; nothing more. So, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, our message to you is simply: “love one another” and slow down to really make that so, as never before in your life.
In thanksgiving for what is to come,
Eileen and Jack
P.S. We hope you enjoy this picture of our grand children, Cosette (16) and Harrison (14). They are really nice young people and we are very thankful that they are with us in the Twin Cities.
Welcome to my Mom's (Eileen) site. First of all, we are grateful for all of your thoughts and prayers. We deeply feel your love and care, certainly Mom does as well. We apologize to anyone who may not have heard about her condition yet. This has been very sudden and requires our attention be focused on these critical first days.
As an update for those who may not know, on Tuesday (March 10) evening around 11pm my Mom, sitting in her den, suffered from a brain aneurysm. Concerned she may be having a stroke or hemorrhage given her symptoms, my Dad responded immediately by getting her medical attention. By early Wednesday morning she underwent a procedure to fix the aneurysm deep in her brain. This was successful and has greatly increased her chance of survival.
Mom is currently in the Neuro ICU for at least 3 weeks. Under very significant sedation, the medical staff is attending to all the inherent risks that remain given the circumstances. Foremost is the risk of stroke which could occur approx between 4-21 days after the surgery. For now she has responded to the neurological tests, showing movement predominantly on her left side and opening her eyes when stimulated. We see very little movement on her right side, as the aneurysm affected the left side of her brain. The good news is that a recent MRI shows no sign of brain damage. She is currently being treated for low grade pneumonia, which is likely slowing down the pace of recovery for now. This is not an unusual outcome for people who have experienced a stroke such as this. They are confident the antibiotics can eliminate the infection.
This will be a very long road. First steps are to support her survival in ICU. Many weeks of rehabilitation will follow. We won't know her baseline level of functionality for many days to come. Currently we have limited visiting to the very closest of loving family members. She is not in a state or condition to accept any other visitors. We know it's hard for those who love and care for her to be away, however it is critical she has as few disturbances as possible.
Please continue your prayers and keep "talking" to her. She could use words of encouragement. Most importantly, live life in honor of who she is and how she treats people. Her mantra has always been, "don't worry about me, I'm fine." She is the ultimate caretaker. The other one is "are we having fun yet?", providing levity to the difficult times in life.
Thank you for your love and support. We will keep you updated.
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