Lon suffered from a stroke a month ago. He went into the hospital on a Monday on the advice of his doctor to monitor him due to the symptoms he had been experiencing for a few weeks. The doctors released him from the hospital on Thursday. All day Lon had been extremely off - not himself at all. He had a very rough ride home and was very confused as to what was going on. He was only home for a short three hours when an ambulance had to be called because he had collapsed. Upon arrival to the hospital, it was determined that Lon had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke causing bleeding and swelling of the brain. While trying to stabilize him he suffered a grand mal seizure. In order to keep him stabilized they had to sedate him and intubate him. Lon was not able to breath on his own for the first 3 1/2 days. His blood pressure had sky rocketed and it took several days to find the right medication to keep it under control. In the meantime, they had also discovered that he had a possible tumor. They needed to do surgery since they couldn't tell by the many MRIs and cat scans if it was old blood or a tumor. Once Lon was breathing on his own for a few days, he had surgery. They removed all the old blood, the fluid and the dead tissue. Surgery went very well. During this process Lon remained confused. He couldn't figure out what was going on. For a few days, he could not move his right side at all. After surgery, Lon began to make steady, slow, regular progress everyday. He began to move that right side and the confusion has slowly decreased and it gets better by the day. Lon's vision is impaired as well and will never be the same. He has lost all right peripheral vision in both eyes and will never get that back. He began sitting up on his own and then slowly began walking with a walker. Lon is now home with his family but has a long road of recovery ahead of him. He has a nurse that comes once a week, physical therapy twice a week and occupational/speech therapy at least once a week but to be determined.
Although Lon has a long road of recovery ahead of him, you all know he is a fighter. And if you know Lon well enough, you know he is a fighter with many colorful words.
Lon has been a hard worker all his life enjoying his work and the people he meets. He does amazing work as a general contractor and he has been the main breadwinner for his family.
The down side of all of this is Lon will never be able to work again. We are asking for help with medical bills and basic necessities such as paying rent, gas and groceries.
We graciously thank you in advance for all your help. If you feel inclined to share a story with us about Lon, we would love that.
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