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Sharing this from Kurt's aka "Monkey Dunk" son:
Ok, here is the update on my Dad. There has been an overwhelming number of calls, texts, emails, and facebook messages; of which we appreciate every one. Also appreciated are the notes of encouragement and co-workers that have picked up the slack left by being at the hospital so much. Thank you all, we are truly blessed with amazing friends and family.
On Monday morning the 18th, Dad could not breathe and Mom took him to the ER. He was in A Fib and then complained about not feeling his legs. Mom let Brooke and I know that morning so we could get there if needed. They diagnosed a clot and flew him to Pittsburgh where he has been ever since. Once there, they did the surgery to remove the clot. While recovering from that my Mom was having a discussion with him and he showed the classic signs of a stroke; slurred speech, drooping face, etc. Mom called the nurse and they coded him immediately. The clot was in his neck and hadn't quite made it to the brain. Although they were quick to get it, damage had occurred. He has little to no movement on his right side. He can not speak or swallow although tries. Some words are almost noticeable but they are few and far between. He tended to mumble a lot before and without his teeth in it is really hard to make out what he is even trying to say. That is the most frustrating part for him and us. You can see it in his eyes. It is a feeling of helplessness on both ends that I can't describe.
To make matters worse, they are having a lot of issue getting his heart rate regulated. They like to get him up to walk but his heart rate goes dangerously high. It is all over the board. They poke and prod and stick him just about every hour. They had him on blood thinner which then caused a hematoma at his abdomen. They took him off the blood thinner after they gave him 2 units of blood to prevent anymore internal bleeding. He spiked a fever yesterday and although they don't think he has an infection, they gave him antibiotics. He has a feeding tube stuck through his nose. And now, since they took him off the heparin, he is a major stroke risk again because of the likelihood of another clot. The poor guy just can't catch a break. Tomorrow, they want to discuss the next steps. They want to get him back on a blood thinner and I believe will try Coumadin. He was on that before with I believe no issues.
He is in UPMC Presbyterian in downtown Pittsburgh. Room 311 on the east side. If you can swing by during the day or early evening, it does him good to see new faces and different people talking to him. Trying to stimulate his brain to think is what he needs right now. The doctors encourage visitors because it helps the disorientation that especially older people get when staring at the same walls all day.
I will try my best to keep this updated. Please keep Dad and Mom in your thoughts and prayers.
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