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Old 06-08-2018, 10:40 AM   #1
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Stroke

Mark woke up yesterday and the entire right side of his body was weak. He couldn’t stand or walk without assistance, his right hand was a useless appendage, his speech was just a little slurred and he was having trouble controlling his bladder. I got him to the ER, and he finally saw a doctor this morning, who wasn’t very forthcoming with information.

Turns out he’s had an ischemic stroke. That’s a clot, not a hemmhoragic, or “wet” stroke.

I will, of course, research this on my own, and I imagine we’ll be consulting with several medical professionals over the next few weeks, but I was wondering if any of you had or have any personal experience with this, particularly with regard to diet (since this a cooking forum!).

If you have any advice, please share it. The only other time I’ve dealt with this issue was with my mom, who had a massive “wet stroke” in ‘14. She was near comatose, and spent the rest of her life in hospital. She couldn’t even eat, so I really have no experience, as I never cooked for her again.

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Old 06-08-2018, 10:56 AM   #2
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What a frightening experience for you and Mark, JJ! Hoping for a speedy recovery!

Someone with knowlege will be here soon to help you with your dietary questions.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:04 AM   #3
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I'm so sorry to hear that! How awful. I can't believe it took a full day for a doctor to see him. How is that possible?

I think it's best to get diet advice from his doctors and possibly a registered dietician connected to the hospital or possibly a rehab facility, depending on how severely he was affected. Even if someone here has such experience, it may not be relevant to his situation because how a stroke affects individual people varies so much.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:09 AM   #4
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+1^ to what GG said.


I'm so sorry, and I just wanted to add that I'm shocked how long it took for him to be seen. I was under the impression that clot buster drug must be given within an hour of a blood clot stroke. Are we missing something?
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Joel, so sorry this happened. Mark's doctors will provide the best advice. Right now he just needs your support.
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Joel, I'm so sorry to hear this. Hoping for a full recovery for Mark. Please keep us posted.
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Thank you all for your kind words and support. I just brought Mark home. He couldn’t stand it at the hospital: they weren’t doing anything for him, and were doing everything they could to bilk him and the insurance company out of $$. But the neurologist said he could go, so go we did. The doc confirmed this morning that it was, indeed, a stroke. An ischemic stroke, which is a clot, not a bleed. I thought it was rather odd that they didn’t give him any blood thinners, just a scrip for Lipitor.

If you’re ever in Las Vegas, and, God forbid, need immediate medical attention, steer way clear of Spring Valley hospital, no matter WHAT the EMTs tell you!
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Old 06-08-2018, 01:59 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your kind words and support. I just brought Mark home. He couldn’t stand it at the hospital: they weren’t doing anything for him, and were doing everything they could to bilk him and the insurance company out of $$. But the neurologist said he could go, so go we did. The doc confirmed this morning that it was, indeed, a stroke. An ischemic stroke, which is a clot, not a bleed. I thought it was rather odd that they didn’t give him any blood thinners, just a scrip for Lipitor.

If you’re ever in Las Vegas, and, God forbid, need immediate medical attention, steer way clear of Spring Valley hospital, no matter WHAT the EMTs tell you!

Joel, did you ask about that?????
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I thought it was rather odd that they didn’t give him any blood thinners, just a scrip for Lipitor.
I'm curious whether you asked about that, too. If there's one thing I've learned from having a chronic illness for thirty years it's that you have to advocate for your own medical care. I'm lucky to have excellent, thorough, caring doctors, but don't be afraid to ask questions and be persistent.

My advice would be to follow up with a neurologist affiliated with a medical school. Because they teach students and residents, as well as do research, they keep up with the latest standards of practice.
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