Posted by: erinserb | September 6, 2011

Stroke

Yesterday, my father-in-law had a mild stroke.  He is doing well in the hospital, and they’ve run the various high-tech tests, such as CT/MRI/and echo cardiogram.

Stroke, it seems, is much more common than we think, but the good thing is how quickly (if help is available) they can be addressed and effects can be offset.

The doctor’s are saying that he will be fine, he has no slurring – at least today – of his speech and is in one of the best places for neuroscience care here in St. Louis.

I believe they are pointing to the much more common type of stroke, that which involves a clot in a vein/artery in the brain.   Symptoms vary on the area of the brain which has been affected.

So we are just waiting, particularly for the results of the MRI.  I believe he is at the “out-of-the-woods” stage, but there must be constant monitoring.  The brain has a remarkable way of compensating after trauma such as a stroke.

Now if they could just give him a little peace and quiet, he’ll be okay – think no vital signs being taken at 2:00 a.m. 🙂

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