Thursday, June 25, 2009


I'm leaving this morning for my flight to Texas-- I'll be arriving in mid afternoon there. I should have Internet access, though I probably won't be posting pictures.

I haven't had an update about my grandfather yet this morning, but as of last night he was able to understand those around him and answer coherently questions put to him with gestures (though not with speaking) so all things considered he's doing pretty well. You can work of the physical issues related to a stroke-- it's the cognitive issues that are most worrisome because it's much harder to do something about those. We're not out of the woods yet, but things don't sound nearly as grim as they were earlier yesterday.

They were able to give him a powerful anticoagulant within the first hour after he had the stroke; something that's pretty helpful towards limiting more damage. He was driving when he had the stroke, realized something was happening and managed to pull over to the side of the road before it really hit. Luckily my grandmother had a cell phone with her. If my grandfather had been asleep in bed, as he usually would have been at that hour, he probably wouldn't have gotten to the hospital in time.

I feel much refreshed after having had some good uninterrupted sleep-- I was running pretty close to empty yesterday as I'm not one of those people who can go with two or three hours several nights running and function. At any rate, I'll keep you all posted from Texas and let you know how things are going.



Carrie said...

Where in Texas are you going? We are going to be in Austin for the weekend for a conference, but we live just NW of Houston.

Colleen said...

Have a safe trip to Texas..I'll keep your grandfather in my prayers.

Julia O'C said...

Did they put your Grandfather on Coumadin? My dad had a stroke a couple of years ago and that's what he takes.

I'll keep your Grandfather in my prayers, as well and you, Connor and your family.

Julia said...

Best of luck with everything, Jess. I'm sure that being with family will help. I hope that things continue to improve with your grandfather.

Kristin said...

I hope your grandfather continues to respond to treatments.

If you're in the San Antonio area, let me know and we can get the boys together to play. :) either way though, have a great trip!

Connor's Mom said...

Thanks, everybody.

We're actually in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, so I'm afraid that unless anyone's up for a road trip we'll have to make plans to meet some other time. Carrie and Kristin-- I'd love to meet you both the next time we're back under better circumstances, here for a little longer, and able to travel.

Anonymous said...

I'm catching yo probably can tell. I'm hoping that your grandfather is doing well.

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