Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Update on Bill's Condition--We May Have Dodged a Bullet

I don't know whether it's modern medicine, the incredible prayers and support from friends, the strong iron will of William M. Schlangen, or luck (likely all of the above). But, the news from his doctors and his own improvement yesterday were very encouraging.

Sunday night, even early Monday morning, he couldn't lift his left leg. Later that morning, he could and (albeit entirely dependent on help) was able to stand up and pivot over into a chair. His speech is very good to excellent, and his strength and mobility in his left arm are returning rapidly. We are blessed to have wonderful doctors, attentive nurses, and a Memorial Office of Development staff that spoil us. The neurologist believes it was an ischemic (interruption in blood flow to the brain, likely due to a blood clot), rather than hemorrhagic (the bleeding on the brain kind), stroke, which is the kind you "want" to have. He's being treated with blood thinners (for obvious reasons) and possible medicine to prevent arterial plaque (the other major source of a blockage) from becoming dislodged. The neurologist feels that, with lots of work, a return to where he was before the stroke is possible. Hooray!

So what's next? His doctor in charge of physiology/physical recovery wanted him released to acute rehabilitation yesterday, that is, at least 5 days earlier than anticipated. This is a good thing. However, Dad spent one more night at Memorial Hospital and this morning (Tuesday the 15th) is headed over to the Fulton Road campus of Memorial Hospital for what is probably a longish slog through rehab. Basically, the brain cells that died during the stroke will be taught how to perform their functions (esp. walking) again.

My thanks go out to all our wonderful friends who are looking out for him while I am away in Texas (shall update you about that as well). If you have specific questions, I will try to respond via e-mail.


Blogger CGWS said...

That's encouraging news! We all are praying for you and your Dad.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Kid Sis said...

Praying for you both.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Alistair said...

Thank you for your email last week and the link to your blog. We are keeping our fingers crossed for you both.

9:11 AM  
Blogger KT said...

What great news, we will continue to keep you both in our prayers.

2:18 PM  

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