tony_sever (tony_sever) wrote,
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Change of topic: Janet's stroke

My apologies if you came here expecting to find me blethering on about crosswords. For the moment, this blog is taking on a new life recording my darling Janet's recovery from an ischaemic stroke, the result of an unusually difficult TAVI (Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implantation).

Earlier in the year she'd fallen ill with a persistent cough, shortness of breath and general malaise, and, after various tests including an echocardiogram and an angiogram, had been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve). A TAVI seemed the obvious choice provided further tests showed that she was a suitable case, and although we were told that there was a 1 in 20 risk of stroke, those seemed pretty good odds and we agreed that the TAVI should go ahead on Friday, 5 July.

Sadly her original aortic valve turned out to be so narrow that they had great difficulty manoeuvring the new valve into position, and that and other complications seem to have combined to push her into the unlucky 5%.

The TAVI was carried out at Hammersmith Hospital and was successful to the extent that the new valve is in position and working. However, Janet was clearly very confused after the procedure and a CT scan of her head revealed the stroke, which was confirmed by an MRI scan at Charing Cross Hospital where she was transferred on Monday evening. It hasn't affected her movement (as far as I can see, though she's still a bit unsteady on her feet) or her speech, but her memory (short-term and other) is badly affected.

She's now been transferred from the Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (assessment and prevention of further strokes) to the Acute Stroke Unit, where rehabilitation should start in earnest on Monday, though she's already met a couple of therapists who've been getting her walking.

A number of people have said they'd like to visit Janet in hospital, so I'm starting a list of upcoming visits. My intention is that you should always find the latest version in the newest blog entry and it should never be out of date by more than a day. If you'd like to visit, I'm sure it would be very beneficial to her, and she'd be delighted to see you, even if she may not be entirely sure exactly who you are. I shall be going every day, but for the present I suggest limiting visiting to one other person per day as she currently seems to tire very quickly. I'm not sure how far visiting hours (15.00 to 20.00) are likely to be interrupted by therapy. This list shows the days which have been spoken for so far:
Sunday, 14 July: Angela K
Monday, 15 July
Tuesday, 16 July
Wednesday, 17 July: Sue H
Thursday, 18 July: Allison M
Friday, 19 July
Saturday, 20 July
If you'd like to visit, please let me know either by commenting below (if you subscribe to LiveJournal, please remember to either sign in or include your name in the comment) or by phone or e-mail.
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