Whew! It has been a tiring few days. MIL went into the hospital on Christmas night. She had a bleed in her brain: a small stroke. While they were testing and determining where the bleed was coming from, she slipped into a deep slumber and could not be awakened. It was very scary. The neurosurgeon was called in, and they decided to do a temporary shunt to relieve pressure in her brain. The surgery was done right away, and she responded well. She was temporarily on a respirator, and so they decided to put in a permanent shunt before taking her off the machine.. that surgery was a little more extensive and took longer, but again she responded well. She was able to be taken off the respirator. We were very happy to see her wake up and recognize us, speak, and respond correctly to questions.
Next step is evaluation and recommendations by the rehab team. She will probably stay in the hospital for another 3-4 days. Then on January 2nd we can celebrate her 84th birthday!
We are very happy and relieved that she appears to have come through these serious events. Thanks very much for your thoughts and prayers!
This is MIL a couple years ago at a birthday celebration for FIL. Silly hats were the fashion du jour.