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.