On October 18th he had surgery to replace his skull. The surgery went great and there were no complications. On October 10th I had to stop giving him his blood thinner and aspirin because of the surgery. Three to five days after surgery he was supposed to start taking them again. When I told the nurse, she got with the doctor and he decided after doing an ultra sound he would not start them. We went to rehab and then his blood pressure got really low and heart was racing. After another ultra sound they find that he had blood clots going through his right leg and starting to go in his left leg. He also has an IVC filter that was put in in June that was clogged. Thank goodness for that, because if it were not there he would not be alive. He swelled up and is still swollen and has been in lots of pain. They had to perform a procedure called TPA, which catheters were put in both legs to feed medicine directly to the clots. Well that was not enough, two days later they had to go back in and use what they call an angio jet to vacuum the clots from the IVC which was clogged so much the TPA was not able to get them all.
Because of all of this he has exhausted most of his days for hospital stay with insurance. They are only paying for seven days and he does need at least 14 days.In-patient rehab is $1700.00 a day. Once released he will need extensive outpatient rehab in which insurance will only pay for 8 visits and it will only be for physical therapy, he will also need occupational and speech therapy. This will help in getting him stronger and hopefully taking some steps and speaking better.
This whole experience has been the hardest thing I have ever had to go through and I do not know how I would get through it all without the help of my family and friends. I appreciate everything so many have done. This is the short version of all that has happened but I hope this will help explain why I am trying to raise these funds. There are no programs that are available to help stroke victims, believe me I have tried. I am trying to get more involved with a stroke club that the hospital offers and I am hoping to educate people about the warning signs and the healing process for stroke victims and their families. We still do not know why he had a stroke but are hoping to prevent it from happening again.
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