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Many people have asked me how my wife Marty is doing. For those who do not know, allow me to explain

     The evening of July 4, 2009, my wife Marty and I stayed home to watch the July 4th musical and fireworks celebration on our local PBS station. Suddenly fireworks started going off in her head

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5/14/2013
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Many people have asked me how my wife Marty is doing. For those who do not know, allow me to explain

The evening of July 4, 2009, my wife Marty and I stayed home to watch the July 4th musical and fireworks celebration on our local PBS station. Suddenly "fireworks" started going off in her head.  Marty had difficulty moving and was unable to follow simple instructions.

Later, at the hospital, I learned that Marty had suffered a massive cerebrovascular accident (CVA), i.e., an left-side thalamic ischemic stroke.  After receiving a clot-busting medication, she was transported to a hospital in St. Louis.

To make a long story short, Marty spent the next 7 months in various hospitals and rehab facilities in the St. Louis area. At several points I thought I had lost her. Eventually, Marty returned to Carbondale to continue receiving rehabilitation in a local care facility.

Unfortunately, Marty suffered a series of infections over a period of several months. The off-and-on-again infections became so severe that Marty was returned to a hospital in  St. Louis County ... where it took many months for the infections to clear up.  In February 2011, Marty was discharged from the hospital to a nursing home near Belleville...where she remains

Marty has suffered no more infections., which is a blessing. However, her physical disabilities continue to stand in the way of Marty returning home. Although she suffers from expressive aphasia (which makes it difficult for me to sometimes understand her), Marty is able to make and verbalize appropriate choices. For example, she has always chosen the Micky D Quarter-Pounders and bananas I bring to my visits with her over the entrees and red Jell-O and fruit cups on her meal trays.

In fact, I was pleasantly surprised during a recent visit when I offered Marty a glass of cranberry juice, she waived the glass off; when I persisted, she stated firmly “NO! I get it every day.”

Marty still has her spark ... something I dearly love about her. She and I fondly hope that she will recover sufficiently to be able to return home. She is much too young!

P.S. “Ain’t She Beautiful,” what a smile!

If only you knew, as I do, the warmth of her heart.  To her many friends gained over a lifetime...I know she would want me to shout out her love for each and everyone of you.

 



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