Stroke Recovery for Stephen Perry
My name is Amy and I am Stephen Perry's wife. The day after we arrived for a week long vacation to visit family in Arizona, my husband Stephen suffered a massive stroke in his brain stem area at the young age of 35. The brain stem is the part of the brain that regulates activity in the body that we do automatically such as regulating breathing and swallowing, among other things. He has been hospitalized for over two weeks at this point with not much improvement during that time, although he is in stable condition. He is unable to breathe on his own and must be connected to a ventilator to maintain his breathing. At one point he lost all movement on his right side, but his condition is improving as we have noticed slight movements on that side, though not quite deliberate at this point.
He has been moved from the hospital where he was in ICU to another ICU at an acute long term care facility. It is expected that it will be 2-3 months before doctors will even be able to perform an assessment to determine how much damage the stroke has caused and the level of recovery he will be able to have.
I am collecting funds to pay for the medical expenses that are accruing thoughout his long stay here away from home. Because he is unable to sign for consent for any procedures that may be required, I will need to stay in Arizona as long as possible to assist with everything the medical care staff requests, so any donations will also be used to help cover the costs of bills while I am here taking care of Steve.
Steve is very involved in the Rocket League community and is loved and cared for by many people throughout his life and within the Rocket League community. We are doing our best to ensure he has a quick recovery, but there is quite a bit of work he has to do to be able to be strong enough to head back home.
If you are able to donate, Steve and I would be very appreciative as we are in a rough spot right now and in need of help from other people more than anything else that has happened to us. We could both use all the emotional and financial support people are willing to give during this difficult time.
Stephen is doing well. He gets better and better every day. I guess the biggest thing to report is that Steve now has feeling in his right arm! He hasn't responded to touch previously, but now it seems that he can feel the touch sensation when his arm is touched. I am hoping this is one step closer to him being able to move it! He does physical therapy 5 times a week and is able to stand with assistance from a machine for about 10 minutes now. They are still evaluating his swallow, so not much progress to report there, but he works with speech therapy 5 times a week as well. Overall, he just looks better and more happy/relaxed than previously. I'm sure he is just bored out of his mind and getting stir crazy, but he is making progress nonetheless.
I wish I had more updates to give, but this is a super slow process. But any improvement is a good thing and he is getting there!
happy to read the update, much love shalthis thanks for the update
Its great to hear he is making good progress! Been missing Shalthis' involvement in the community :(
Great to hear! Thanks for updates!
Stay strong. And get well Shalthis we all miss you.
Is he watching a lot of Rocket League streams?? That always helps me feel better.
Get well dear Shalthis, much love and quick recovery ♥
So sorry to hear this news. I wish Steve the quickest of recoveries for the two of you to get back on track.
Speedy recovery, buddy. ♥