So, Phil has been in the hospital for a few days. He had a small stroke, but he’s doing very well right now. Various tests have been done to discover what caused the stroke; a CT scan, an MRI, an ultrasound of the carotid arteries. One of his carotid arteries has a blockage of plaque.
A dye test was done yesterday to determine the extent of the blockage. If it was over 50%, the doctor would perform surgery, but if it were under fifty percent he’d treat it with medication.
Megan and I have gone and visited with Phil each day. It’s so hard with him being gone, and especially hard to know this is a serious medical issue; a stroke is nothing to take lightly. We’re so very glad he is doing so well and that it wasn’t a major stroke. He’s still dealing with a little difficulty speaking, and his fine motor control in his right hand is not very good right now, but he’s alive and with us, thank the Lord.
Megan, of course has been impacted by this. She’s had too many losses the past few years…the death of her favorite uncle, my brother Steven, and her paternal grandmother. A few years before it was her Great Grammie, her Uncle David, and her cousin David.
For someone like Megan, who has Down syndrome and developmentally and emotionally is a much younger age than her twenty-seven years, losses like this affect her greatly. Meaning she eats, sleeps, and breathes them each day until long after the initial event is over.
So today as she was eating her oatmeal before going to Program and I was washing dishes, she started talking about Phil again.
Megan: Is Phiw coming home today?
Me: I don’t know.
Megan: If he stands up is he coming home today?
Me: I still don’t know. <chuckling>
Megan, decisively: If he have da suwgery, and he be good, he can come home today.
Me: Maybe, if he needs the surgery. But if he has surgery, he won’t come home today, I don’t think.
Megan, with conviction: He wiww (will), He’ww be good and stand up. He desewves it.
Me: Oh….<trying not to laugh>
Megan: Yep. Day have nuwses and food dare.
And finally, with much determination: He wiww. He’ww come home today!
I hope you're right, my dear Megan.