Journal entry by Gigi Lynch

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Mel had a stroke (specifically, an acute infarct in the left corona radiata) some time during the night. The wonderful news is that he's going to get better. His brain is rewiring itself despite the clot, and he is mentally all there. They are treating his symptoms with medication and a variety of therapies. He is experiencing some difficulty with speech (clear at the best of times, a bit garbled when he's tired), a lack of fine motor skills in his right hand, and a bit of peripheral vision loss in his right eye. These symptoms have improved over the weekend and will continue to improve with therapy. The doctor is very optimistic that he will make a full recovery. He is currently being treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center and will probably be released this week.
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