I spent a good portion of the day at the hospital yesterday with Bob and Diane. My eldest brother, Jim, also came in from out of town and was there when the Dr. came in to shed a little more light on where we are at.
Basically, Bob came in to the hospital with several very serious things wrong with him, which is really unusual for someone his age. In addition to suffering a stroke in the ER, we have learned he also has meningitis. The spinal tap fluid was cloudy, indicating an infection. It will take several days for the cultures to determine what type it is, so that I don’t know. The good news is that the Dr. said that it wasn’t viral, which means that the antibiotics he’s been on from day one will also treat the meningitis.
He still hasn’t come to, and that’s what’s puzzling the Drs. — the strokes did not affect his mobility as far as we know. He’s able to move pretty freely in his sleep, which thankfully he’s getting now. The last stroke was in his front left lobe, which is the area that affects speech – so that makes sense, because he’s completely incoherent when he does try to speak. And his first stroke was in his brain stem – that controls all the body’s involuntary reflexes, such as respiration, etc. The crazy thing (and GOOD thing) is that none of that has been affected – he’s able to breathe on his own, praise the Lord. All said, he’s doing well, but he’s still unconscious. We are just waiting for him to come to so we can see how much damage the strokes have done.
I KNOW that many of you are praying for my brother. You have sent emails and wanted updates…I can’t express how much I appreciate both your concern and your prayers. I am touched beyond belief that anyone outside my family would care so much and it brings tears to my eyes to even think about it. I know this sounds goofy, but I am thankful for this blogging community…it is such an incredible blessing to have a place I can come and just be myself — puffy eyed, mascara-streaked — and no one cares. 🙂
God is in control of this situation. I really believe that my brother has just worked SO hard all of his life (everyone says he’s a workaholic, and that’s not really a good thing), that he needs to rest now – and this is going to be a chance for his body to catch up. My SIL and I are resting in the Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”