Luckily for us he was at home when it happenened . A couple of days earlier or later he would have been at work and the outcome could have been so different.
Due to the quick thinking of his mum the ambulance arrived in under 10 minutes. They brought him off to St. Vincent's Hospital.
While on the way for an MRI scan he had another seizure.
He was brought up to ICU and placed on life support in an induced coma.
On Monday evening we were informed that the stroke was severe and the damage was worse than they thought.
We were told that the next 48 hours would be critical and that we should advise all the family that it wasn't looking good.
Being the fighter that he is along with the help of all the amazing staff in the ICU he got through these tough times.
As well as other infections Alan got pneumonia and had to stay on life support .
After 4 weeks on life support they removed the breathing tube to see if Alan could breathe on his own.
A week later without the breathing tube and with just a little oxygen to help he was declared well enough to leave the ICU and move down to the neurology ward in the main hospital.
It was on the ward that Alan would have to learn, with the help of more amazing staff, to eat and drink for himself again, and have the feeding tube removed.
As well as this he would have physiotherapy on his good left side to build it back up and also on his right side which wasn't showing any movement.
Alan is also being treated by the cardiology department and nearly every department In the hospital as got involved ,as they all try to determine what caused the heart failure and a stroke in a young healthy person.
Things continued to improve and after 5 weeks he was able to transfer to the NRH when a bed became available.
After his initial assessment they drew up a 12 week plan to get Alan self sufficient and able to manage on his own after discharge.
The discharge date is set for the 24th of June 2020 .
At the moment , Alan has had some movement in his right leg for about 7 days and a little less in his right arm for a day or so.
Alan's treatment will be on going after he leaves the hospital through outpatient appointments, physio in the hospital and some home visits as well.
There is no end date for the treatment but the goal is to get Big Al back on his feet as soon as possible.
As well as all the fantastic front line staff in the hospitals who save lives every day they go into work ,we would like to thank our family, friends and neighbours .
From dinners being dropped into the house every day, scones and buns arriving by magic, dog getting walked, lifts in and out of the hospital when needed , the loan of a car and friends arriving into the hospital for a coffee and a chat.
It all helped and was really overwhelming
Finally I would like to thank the two guys who suggested and are pushing this " Go Fund Me Page" and everyone who is in a position to donate.
Any money raised will go to Housing and
Car Adaptations and for any extra physio or treatments that Alan will require in the future.
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