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July
31
2018

Wow, What a Month!

Hard to believe that this journey has only been a month long - sometimes it feels like years and other times it seems like only a second ago that life changed (of course there are times we wake up and think it was all a dream...).  We have settled into days filled with appointments, meeting new doctors and therapists to make sure Gwen is getting the best care.  She is progressing, although not as quickly as she would like - you know Gwen!!  She turns in her heart monitor this week, so we hope to have more information about that potential aspect of the stroke.

This will be our last journal entry. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to post information in one place and for making all of your kind comments. I have read each one to Gwen and it absolutely brightens her day! Speaking on the phone is still very tiring, as is reading, but please feel free to send her short texts to check in and send her your well wishes. If you would like more details, please feel free to call me (Cheryl 407.766.2567).

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July
7
2018

Update Saturday, July 7

Whew, time flies when your world turns upside-down! Gwen is doing a little better, but it is still pretty overwhelming.  We now have a cardiologist, neurologist, and internist, as well as working with the Coumadin Clinic at the University. She had a session with an occupational therapist, has one with a speech therapist on Monday, and we are working on setting an appointment for physical therapy. She is not allowed to travel or to lift anything heavy for a few months until her medications are at levels that make the doctors happy.  She can speak on the phone for brief periods of time but has asked that you text her or send an e-mail if you would like to reach her.  Otherwise, I am happy to answer any additional questions you have, just give me a call at 407.766.2567.  Now that we are out of hospitals and trying to adjust to our new-normal at home, I have a few moments to actually breathe and give you more details if you would like.  

July
2
2018

Update Monday, July 2

Now that we are back in Minnesota, we took Gwen to see a cardiologist and a neurologist - they both agreed that she should be admitted to the hospital (yup, again) to run some additional tests that are scheduled for first thing in the morning on Tuesday.  Hoping we are getting closer to an understanding of what happened and what to do so it doesn't happen again!

June
30
2018

Saturday, June 30

Gwen was released from the hospital and was cleared to fly back to Minneapolis. There will be lots of visits to doctors and therapists on her road to recovery. Please give her a week before calling and texting - she is still struggling with texting and speaking is still a challenge. Thanks for everyone’s well wishes!!

June
29
2018

Update Friday morning June 29

It appears the stroke has impacted the part of her brain that deals with coordination.  Several tests were performed yesterday, including one in the middle of the night/early this morning. She met with occupational therapy and physical therapy yesterday, and may have to use a cane for a little while to help with her balance. We have seen some improvement in her speaking ability over the last couple of days, but it is still difficult for her to speak clearly and for her to text, so I appreciate that many of you have called and texted me instead (Cheryl). We are waiting to consult with the cardiologist to determine the cause of the stroke (was it heart related), and to make sure we understand what happened as well as trying to make sure we know what to do so it doesn't happen again!  Ellis and Maddie are doing ok.

June
28
2018

Update Thursday morning, June 28

After arriving at Wake Forest Hospital, the neurology unit reviewed the tests from the other hospital and found the location of the strokes.  They will be performing some additional medical tests today to make sure there aren't any other clots or damage that has caused the stroke. In addition, she will have speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

June
28
2018

What Happened...

On Monday morning (6/25) Gwen woke up not feeling well, and was transported to a small hospital in East Carolina.  After preliminary tests, it was determined that she should be transported to a larger hospital for further analysis.