Sunday, November 22, 2009

Stroke damage

The MRI has come back. The stroke damaged the left side of her brain, the occipital and posterior temporal lobes. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, which explains the tenseness in her right extremities. There is a good chance she will end up paralyzed on the right side. The occipital lobe is responsible for sight. I have been wondering about blindness for a few days. We will not know anything until she can talk more though, and she will probably not be able to speak for a while. Usually, speech is very affected by a stroke. We will see when the tube comes out of her throat. She does perform VERY simple commands, though it takes a little time. I asked her to stick her tongue out at me. It was somewhat humorous...I could see her trying to do it. Really thinking about it...then she stuck it out and looked so proud. It all took about a minute. She's our little fighter!

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