On Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 my mom found my dad on the floor having a stroke in my parents' home in Minnesota. He was taken to the nearest hospital where they flew him to Mayo Clinic for emergency surgery. It was incredible how fast they got him to Mayo and in and out of surgery, and was only by the grace of God. They found two blood clots - one in the left side of his brain and one in the left side of his neck. They removed both. They believe AFIB caused the stroke, but are not 100% sure.
My dad lost all the mobility in the right side of his body and has aphasia (a language block- so reading/writing/speech are all affected). He was in the ICU for 2 weeks at Mayo Clinic, and then was transferred to a rehabilitation center & hospital in Minneapolis. He spent a month there doing intense rehab while being very well cared for. He was then transferred to another rehabilitation center where he is now more focused on rehab and not in need of any specific medical center. He will be in this rehab center until he is recovered enough to walk on his own and do some daily things without risk of falling or hurting himself. Lord willing, that’s sooner rather than later, but we will trust and pray and continue to do everything we can to help him!
My mom is proofing the house for my dad and making sure there are railings everywhere that they are needed and any other equipment that might aid my dad in the things he does on a daily basis.
My dad is the hardest worker I know. He lives and breathes to glorify God, and serve his family. Which included a lot of long hours at work. He is the most generous and giving person, of not only his money but his TIME. We love him to death and we know he longs to be well to continue to provide for, not only my mother financially, but helping all his kids with everything from things in the house breaking and cars breaking down, to watching the grandkids, and helping friends with house projects, and serving the church and community.
Any financial gift you can give to my parents during this time would be extremely helpful and such a blessing. God is so faithful and gracious and we trust in His redeeming plan for all of this. It's hard being across the country from them; I'm doing everything I can when visiting as often as the Lord allows me and then this: organizing a GiveSendGo to help them financially. Thank you for joining me in loving on my parents during this trial.
Grace & Peace
Maggie & The SanGiacomo Family