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Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« on: June 03, 2009, 02:08:28 PM »
All,

Sam called me today to say that Ron had a stroke the other night and is in the hospital.  They're in Lewistown which has a small hospital.  Luckily their daughter Lisa, Brian, and Alexandra were visiting at the time.  Brian returned to work and Steven will be arriving next week, so Sam has family with her.

Apparently Ron had developed a heart murmur since his last checkup.  He began acting strangely that evening, such as rubbing the top of his head.  In the middle of the night Sam awakened when Ron started making odd noises and movements.  When she turned on the light she realized something was very wrong and they got Ron to the hospital where they diagnosed a stroke and put him on clot busters.  They're still doing tests, but his left side is most affected, especially his leg.  The biggest problem right now is that he's having difficulty swallowing so they've been trying to put feeding tubes in but Ron pulls them out.  He was so agitated that they gave him meds to quiet him so he's sleeping a lot and they'll try the tubes again later.

Now for the good news.  Ron's vital signs are all good and he's stabilized enough to be moved today from intensive care to acute care.  Also, he's always recognized Sam but, initially, not Lisa.  Now he recognizes Lisa and spoke clearly to a nurse for the first time.  At this point they don't have a prognosis, but Sam figures it's going to be a lengthy recovery with physical therapy, speech therapy, and such.

Sam asked me to let you all know about Ron's condition.  If you want to talk with her directly, please call on her cell phone instead of Ron's.  Also, Lisa and Brian were helping her get into the computer so she can communicate with us that way, but she said to remember she's not very computer literate.  Steve will also be able to help her when he arrives.

We hope Ron's recovery will be a swift one.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009, 02:12:26 PM »
Thanks for posting that Ardra. I wondered why Ron hadn't been around the forum; He's usually here multiple times each day. I'll give Sam a call.
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 02:18:01 PM »
Just got off the phone with Sam. She seems to be holding up very well through this. The update was pretty much as Ardra reported. In addition to family, she said that they have a good church support group there in Lewiston. Sam said she would keep Ardra updated so Ardra can keep the rest of us updated.
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 02:26:42 PM »
Thanks for letting us know about Ron. I also noticed that he hadn't been around but thought maybe he was just off fishing. Tell Sam that our thoughts and prayers are with them both and here's hoping for a quick recovery that's easy on both of them.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2009, 02:29:37 PM »
Ardra, thank you for letting us know about Ron.  We'll give Sam a call.  Can you email me Sam's cell phone number, I have just one number for them and it's probably Ron's.
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009, 03:05:23 PM »
Thanks for posting Ardra.  I don't have Sam's cell number as I always called Ron.    :)

Please forward it to me.  We are close so could help if Sam want us to come by.
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2009, 04:30:33 PM »
Ardra,

Thank you very much for letting us know.  I also need Sam's  phone number and a snail mail address if you don't mind .  If Sam  gets online  we wish her the very best.  I have a feeling Ron will make a stubborn patient.  But then who has a husband that wouldn't resist any illness. 

Physical therapy and speech therapy can work wonders.

Cyber Hugs to us all. 

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2009, 04:36:59 PM »
Thanks for the report Ardra.    Please also send us Sam's Cell number so we can call.   Hope Ron will recover quickly.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2009, 04:46:02 PM »
I'd also like cell number and snail mail address if you get a chance.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009, 04:46:46 PM »
Hi Ardra,

We're really sorry to hear about Ron. We'll hope and pray that he will recover quickly. Please email us Sam's number and address so we may call her.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2009, 05:47:51 PM »
Here's hoping Ron has a rapid and total recovery!

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2009, 06:14:22 PM »
Tell Sam how sorry we are to hear about Ron.  We hope his recovery will be speedy.  Our thoughts and good wishes go with him.  We are finding out that doing what the doctors and nurses tell him are the best and fastest ways to recovery. 

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2009, 07:02:35 PM »
Please pass along our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery for Ron. It sounds like he's making progress and we hope that continues to accelerate.  Karen and I had a wonderful visit with them in April on our way back to Canada and look forward to stopping at " Sam's Camp" again some day to visit both.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2009, 08:32:31 PM »
Ardra, thanks for relaying the news. Please forward best wishes from Ray and Dani. We hope he does well, and recovers quickly. Our best to Sam, while she holds the fort.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2009, 09:08:14 PM »
Oh, my -- what a shock!!  Thanks for alerting us, Ardra.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron and Sam.   I'm not surprised he's combative, post stroke.  He's a fighter.  He's tough -- I'm confident he'll give it his absolute all during recovery.

Please e-mail Sam's cell number as all we have is Ron's.  Also would appreciate an e-mail with their snail mail address.  We stayed at Sam's Camp many years ago and I'm sure I could find it today if we were in the area, but have no idea what the actual address is.

Hang in there, Ron, Sam and family.

Tom and Margi 


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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2009, 10:14:19 PM »
Ron and Sam have always been in our corner, whatever lap it might be. Sam, we're here in yours.

Please send me Sam's cell and their snail mail address --I'm one of thos with only Ron's as well. . .
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2009, 10:30:18 PM »
Hi Ardra,

Even though we haven't seen or talked to Ron & Sam in a while (in person) We would also like Sam's contact info by email so we can at least offer our prayers for Ron and any help if needed.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2009, 10:36:12 PM »
Ardra:

Ron and Sam are in our thoughts. We  also need Sam's number.

Thanks

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2009, 11:34:40 PM »
Ron and Sam you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sam, from someone that has been there done that, Peg says to make sure Ron does ALL the rehab. Some of it doesn't seem like it is doing anything or doesn't have a purpose but the rehab people have it figured out and there is a purpose for everything.
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2009, 08:13:09 AM »
Hi Ardra,

So sorry to hear Ron is in the hospital. Please tell Sam we are thinking of them, saying a prayer, and wishing all good things for them as they get through rehab.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2009, 08:42:56 AM »
Please pass the word to Ron and Sam that they are in our thoughts and prayers.   
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2009, 11:03:50 AM »
I will put Ron on my prayer list too.  Here is hoping his recovery is swift and full
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« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2009, 11:55:43 AM »
Both Ron and Sam will be in our prayers for a speedy recovery........God Bless
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2009, 07:25:21 PM »
will also add my prayers as well. My brother had a stroke on christmas and the
recovery was a good couple months but he did recover well. The doctors
actually had to surgically place a feeding tube into his stomach cause the stroke
left him unable to swallow for awhile and they kept him sedated as well because
of the combative stuff and ripping out tubes and such. Although it was scary
and we really doubted the doctors when they said he would make a complete
recovery, he really did! But I can certainly feel the anguish the family is going
through. My prayers and blessings to them.
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2009, 07:54:16 PM »
OH No, I hate hearing this.  Please pass on our best wishes for Ron and tell him we are praying for he and Sam.

I would also like their home address and Sam's phone number.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2009, 09:36:57 PM »
All,

I spoke with Sam this evening.  She said there was a little progress today which is encouraging.  Ron's still having difficulty swallowing but did manage to get down some Jello today.  The feeding tube is still an option.  The speech therapist was there when she arrived today and said he also is speaking better.  In fact, Sam said he was jabbering away to her and most of it was understandable.  He had a lot to say!  The physical therapist also reported progress.  They sat Ron up today and moved his feet over the side of the bed.  The therapist said his legs were really wobbly when they did it the first time this morning, but his legs seemed more steady this afternoon.  His left leg is still the worst problem.  Another positive is his awareness of people, where he is, and so forth.  Sam thinks he may be sent to a nursing home early next week, so that's encouraging too.
 
Sam said to please thank the framily for their concern and their calls.  She's holding up pretty well, all things considered.  It's just one step at a time and each day as it comes.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2009, 09:49:58 PM »
Thanks for the update Ardra. Glad to hear that Ron seems to be getting better. We will all keep both of them in our prayers.

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2009, 11:07:11 PM »
Thanks Ardra.

From what Sam told me last night and your additional information tonight, it sounds like he is making slow steady progress. 

We will keep them in our prayers.
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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2009, 12:45:28 AM »
Ardra,
Send Sam and Ron a bundle of hugs and prayers from us. We will be praying for a quick recovery. I will get their numbers from Margi.
Thanks for keeping the framily informed on how well he is doing. we will hope for more good reports

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Re: Ron Ruward in hospital 6-3-09
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2009, 07:18:06 AM »
Great hearing about the improvements. With Ron jabbering away we all know that he is getting back to normal ;D
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