On Wednesday January 8th after Clayton’s men’s league hockey game, he was getting ready to leave the locker room when he suddenly felt dizziness and began puking. This puking went on for about an hour and a half in the locker room and continued through the night at home. When Taylor and Clayton went to the doctor, they had some scans, testing, and blood work done before they were sent home with medication for nausea and dizziness and without a clear answer on what was wrong but maybe a severe case of vertigo. After Clayton tried to rest, the symptoms did not go away and if anything they got worse. Clayton was still not able to walk independently, sensitive to light, blurred vision and constant nausea. Overall, he was in a lot of pain. They went to the ER where they ordered an MRI to rule out anything major, they still thought it was a severe case of vertigo. When they got the scans back, they were both shocked to hear the unexpected news that Clayton, who is 26, had a stroke.
Clayton was admitted to the ICU that evening with a lot of unknowns. As the doctors continued to take scans, it showed that there was some increased swelling in Clayton’s brain/skull. This swelling lead them to the difficult decision for Clayton to have surgery on his brain/skull. Clayton’s surgery was on the evening of January 11th and the doctor said it went good and the initial scans after surgery looked good. Clayton was awake and talking after the surgery which was comforting for Taylor to hear his voice.
Clay is of course in pain and scared. No matter what is going on, he continues to check up on his fiancé and his family to make sure they are okay, because that is just the thoughtful person he is. He has shown such strength during all this unknown. His pupper Emma sure misses him!
Unfortunately at this time they are unsure what is to come the next few days and they know we have a long road ahead of them.
Please consider donating seeing as any and all donations would be greatly appreciated and go toward their medical bills as well as their daily expenses until Clayton fully recovers. They have a long road ahead of them but knowing they are being supported during this difficult time would relieve some stress.
- Bryant Kiland
- Brenda Bulawa
- Jeremy Hjelseth
- Brett Johnson
- Rick Norenberg