"Tony" Nguyen's Stroke Recovery

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Raised by 150 people in 2 months
Created November 11, 2018
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I humbly set up this page, because I want to help alleviate my parents' financial strain that is now inevitable because of my dad's recent stroke.  Any amount, large or small, will be a blessing and we sincerely thank you for each donation,  each share of this post, each positive thought, and each word of prayer. To learn more about what happened to my dad, please read further. 

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On the night of October 22,  the night before I was scheduled to fly back home to North Carolina, my dad suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.

My dad seemed a little tired and absent-minded before sitting down to eat dinner with me and my mom. I heard my mom ask him if he was feeling okay.  So as we ate our noodle soup, I watched him. He stood up to get a soup spoon when he already had a spoon in his bowl. I noticed he used his chopsticks with his right hand without any problems, but when he reached for his spoon with his left, he missed and dipped his hand into his broth. 

I was pretty scared by now. I asked if he was doing okay and he said he felt fine. I didn't let up. After our meal, I was pretty certain something was affecting his left side.  I started texting a couple of friends about what I was observing, and they all urged me to take him to the ER.  

So then I tried to convince my dad to go to the ER with me. He refused and said I was badgering him. I gave him a few mobility tests. He was still speaking okay, his arms followed commands, but his left vision was impaired. My mom handed him some water from the left, and he couldn't see the mug at all. He also couldn't pick up the mug by the handle with his left hand. I got my brother to call him and help convince him that he should go to the ER with me. 

I wish I knew to just call 911. Instead, I let him change. He was slow and had trouble putting on his pants. He was becoming increasingly disoriented. As I was waiting for him to walk to my car finally, he stepped out of our back door and then fell, his face hitting the pavement. I rushed to his side; he couldn't get up. I finally called 911. 2.5 hours after first noticing something was wrong . (If this ever happens to your loved ones, instead of trying to drive them, just call 911!)

EMS rushed him to the ER. A CT  scan showed a massive bleed on his right side.  The doctor there told me to call his family members because he may not make it through the night.

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While crying, I called my brother in San Antonio and he started the drive to Houston. A few hours after being admitted to the ER, my dad gets airlifted to Memorial Hermann at the Texas Medical Plaza. 

The next 48 hours were a blur.  He spent a week in Neuro ICU before getting transfered to the Stroke Unit. Because he fell on his face, he loosened up some of his teeth. They had to pull a few of his teeth. 


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The doctors guessed he might have Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy. They cannot do a follow-up MRI to further diagnose him because there is so much blood on his brain. Another MRI isn't recommended for at least 2-3 months.

After 17 days at Memorial Hermann, he was discharged and approved by insurance for 10 days at an in-patient rehab. Currently, he cannot sit up on his own, stand, swallow, or go to the bathroom on his own. His left side is paralyzed. His speech is very limited, and he's often very frustrated. He cannot swallow yet and is being fed through a stomach feeding tube.  As I type this, we're hoping he doesn't get re-admitted to the hospital because of pneumonia. 

There are tiny victories along the way. Like his first wheelchair ride where we tied him to the chair and let him see more than just his hospital room. He gave that experience a thumbs up.  And more recently, he doesn't talk often, but I heard him say, "hi" when my brother held up the phone to his ear today. I'm still soaring from that "hi." 

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Doctors warn us that there will be a long road to recovery. They tell us of future need for in-home care, therapy,  home-modifications, and medical supplies. They also warned us that there is a possibility of dad never fully recovering.  

My mom depended fully on my dad and doesn't know how to drive, so one of our more pressing needs will be transportation for mom to visit dad as he's being cared for away from home, and possibly in the future to take him to out-patient appointments. 

A few days before my dad's stroke, my friend Kim gifted me I'm Proud of You, a book about a friendship between a journalist and Mr. (Fred) Rogers. It was in this book I learned about how  Mister Rogers went onstage to accept Emmy's Lifetime Achievement Award, and there he asked the audience to take some time to think about the people "who have loved us into being. " 

My parents have definitely loved me into being. I am very much who I am because I'm my dad's daughter. 

My family and I appreciate all the angels that have offered support thus far. My mom keeps telling me how wonderful my friends are and how more like family than friends they are. She has adopted you all as her babies.
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