Ok, here's the deal: Joanne's new neurologist came to see her today. Looked a the MRI, the EEG and did some tests (basically involving pinching Joanne hard to see if she would respond to pain) and the long and the short of it is that she expects Joanne to have strong recovery including use of much of her left side. She may have weakness in her left leg but the left arm is looking pretty good. Speech may be slightly effected and she may process a little more slowly then she used to, but she is battling her way back! Ultimately only time will tell, but this is the best news we have heard so far.
Everyone is heavily emphasizing that this is going to be a long process. Joanne will probably be in some form of intensive, in patient rehab for the next three months. But with a lot of work, she can make significant process.
At this point Joanne is still pretty much unconscious (not opening her eyes much) because of brain swelling but she is reactive. She may remain so for the next couple of weeks "until her brain is ready to turn itself back on." But what we know for sure is that she can hear us and and respond to us.
So, encouraging news for sure!
1. Joanne will have a tracheostomy tomorrow and will have a feeding tube surgically inserts at 10:30. Simple procedure and easily reversible and will make her much more comfortable and less prone to infection. THis is a good thing for Joanne and she will probably need the support that these devices provide for the next couple of weeks, after which she will be weened off of both.
2. The next decision is rehab or LTAC (long term acute care). Hoping to have this decision by the end of the week and is entirely dependent on the progress that Joanne makes over the next few days. Pray that the next facility will be as awsome as the one we are at now.
3. PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE!