Dr. Suess

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


All the tests are in, and my mom is home.

The when all is said and done, the diagnosis ... with a "just to be sure, I'm not comfortable with this right sided weakness, let's do a CT scan"

My mom had a stroke.

In the ER on Sunday the doctor had given her heparin and the TP something or other that they give to stop a stroke while it's happening. He did everything that you hear about that they are supposed to do as a NOW ...just in case ...

My mom ... as some minor right sided weakness, that *SHE* was attributing to her post polio syndrome. PT was very uncomfortable with it. (this same PT is the one that convinced Don of many things in the hospital last summer, including that he could make it out of bed and walk again!) She noted that she'd had experience with post polio earlier in the year, extensively, and this did not appear to be post polio weakness. (ironically, the doctor had also had experience with post polio earlier in the year, as did the patients daughter ... etc etc etc ...)

Mom is home tonight, resting comfortably. Home health will be coming out. PT, OT and something else. We follow up with PCP tomorrow. MRI in one week. MRA as well.
And request by Dr. P for PCP to do referral to neuro for stroke care.

It was suggested that her cognitive problems might be related to previous ministrokes visible on both this CT and previous CTs on record. (my neuro had suggested as much before, he'd been overruled by the rest of her health care team by them saying 'she's fine' ) So, stroke related ... suggested that I ask for something 'bodies' as well as vascular dementia work up.


  1. I am putting you and your Mom into my prayer list.

    Sending you hugs,

  2. I pray that your mother does well. It's a good thing that you had a doctor who was being careful and covering all the bases.

    I know I haven't been by in a while...

    Stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Prosperous New Year.


  3. The "bodies" test that the doctor might have suggested was probably a test for antiphospholipid antibodies syndrome. This is a clotting problem . This antisphospholipid syndrome is an autoimmune problem which can cause blood clots, and possibly stroke.

  4. No, I know that, I have lupus, I'm all too familiar with that. Since I've had blood clots & a miscarriage at 20 weeks ... I've been tested for that.

    Her ANA is normal, she was tested for that when the weakness started with the post polio and had a daughter with autoimmune diseases ...and our PCP tested her again when my lupus was found.

    It was loie luey something like that but I don't know how to spell it. It is a stroke/dementia disorder I'd not heard of before.

  5. Thanks for the update on your mom. I will keep both of you in my prayers. God Bless!

    Merry Christmas!!

  6. wishing you a Merry Stressfree X-mas

  7. Have a great Christmas, Pk! :0)