I have tried to think how to give an update and give a true picture of how things stand and it is hard to do.
Roger was moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a regular room on
Monday, August 15...he stayed in that room until Friday, the 19th of
that same week. He was then transferred to a hospital in Terre Haute to
their rehab facility..
He has improved a lot in some
areas, but in others not as much. He has sat up on the side of the bed
by himself. He has stood up at the sink under his own steam. Day
before yesterday was a great day...the therapist had him up and
walking. Not a lot, but sure a lot more than he has been doing. So
much more than I even dared hope for.
But say you
ask him what a plate is, or what a ball is, he could not just name it
for the life of him. But say you said "pass me the salt and _______" he
just might say pepper. He gets really down on himself. He has trouble
concentrating and following instructions.
yesterday the occupational therapist did some testing of his vision. He
seems unable to see with his right eye, plus the right side of his left
eye is impaired also.
Today they had him walk 100
ft. A therapist held to each arm while he walked. They were to help
him with balance plus just to help. But he did make...they are pleased
with how he is coming along in physical therapy.
is not much of an update but it at least gives you an idea of what is
going on. All the prayers and well wishes are greatly appreciated.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Today Roger is spending his 11th day in Neuro-critical care unit at a hospital in Indianapolis. He had a mini-stroke on the night of July 28th. He was in the hospital over-night and till the next evening. They did a cat scan, EKG, did scans of his carotid artery and seen nothing. They gave him an additional blood pressure medicine and Plavix.
August 2nd he had mowed the yard and did a few things around here, had a bite of supper, laid back in his recliner to snooze, I thought. Then got up and went in the other room. When he did not come back, I went to check on him and he was laying in bed and said his eyes hurt. I am skipping parts, but ended up taking him to the emergency room within a few minutes. I had them help me get him in and they told me to go to the ER waiting room till they called me back.
I no more than got the car parked and got inside and set down and they called me back to sign stuff, said it was serious and they were life-lining him to Indianapolis. They would explain to me in the ER room...she just needed my signature to get things started. He had a brain bleed/hemorrhage. They intubated him in case he needed it on the way there. They said it was easier to do there than in the helicopter.
It is soo long to go into details but will give a few details...it took two or three days to get the bleeding stopped. He has had the breathing tube out for a few days now, and the feeding tube has been out a couple days. He could move his left arm and leg all along, though for a day or so, not on command. His right arm/hand and leg/foot did nothing for days. But he is moving his right arm more and more. And he moved his right foot/leg on command yesterday during therapy.
If they can get his blood pressure under control with oral meds, he will be moved to his own room. And from there should only be days till he goes somewhere for rehab. But they have been working on the blood pressure for days. He does not sleep in the ICU room...has went for at least 3 days with only a short nap here and there.
I may not respond to comments, but please keep him in your prayers. I am so thankful for family, faithful friends, and blog buddies. People he worked with and 'played' with have stood by him/us in this time of need, also. I have no words to express my gratitude.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
Then last week she wanted to go back...we took her the backroads to get there. And as we were coming up behind Bridgeton, up the creek from the bridge, there were two eagles in one dead tree.
Along with her staying with us 3 or 4 days a week, our older daughter was back in Indiana for a while.
She and I worked several days and we made these:
Not sure how much visiting I will get done or if I will even try to post again for a while. Lorelei is supposed to come tomorrow evening, and I know she is going to want to go to the creek again and she has also been wanting to go fishing at the strip pit.