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Michele picked Tim up at the airport at 6pm when he flew in from NY. She asked him if he was still having his bad headaches that he had been having the month prior, and he said he was feeling fine. Her family had come in from Charlotte that night so after dinner they all proceeded to bed. Tim and Michele went to bed about 11pm when time had another headache and fell into a coma. The rescue squad was called and they acted promptly getting him to Forsyth Hospital. The doctors on duty and operated on him 3 different times for a total of 10 ½ hours before he finally found the source of the bleeding. He advised the family he had a brain aneurysm and was in very critical condition and on life support. The aneurysm was in the area of his brain that affects his eyesight. Tim was in ICU for about 3 weeks when the swelling started on his brain again. Dr. Bell put a shunt in his back to drain the fluid, but not until after Tim had lapsed into another coma, which resulted in a stroke to his left side. Tim finally awoke about 2 weeks later, but wasn’t able to talk or move on his own. A feeding tube was put in his stomach for a brief period. He was then taken out of ICU and about 2weeks later put into Whitaker Care Rehabilitation Center. Here he was taught to try and feed himself and to use his limbs once again. His right side was mobile, but no his left. Tim was released from Hospital care after a total stay of about 3months. He then had home therapy O.T, P.T. and Speech. Then began out patient therapy at the Martinet Center. Tim is improving everyday with the help of Daniel Nowak and a fitness program at the Y.M.C.A. He has been on a long journey of recovery, but he can now feed himself, walk with a walker and sometimes a cane. His brain is also on a recovery mission of being able to remember things, which he is doing quite well. His eyesight is his main obstacle at this time, but that is going to take some therapy and time as well. Tim continues to improve everyday and we are very proud of him and how far he has come. He will need to continue to work with Dan and the therapy he helps with in order to get the left side of his body back on track.

 

WRITTEN BY MICHELE