Originally Posted by Chip R
I'm not a good one to judge since he lives 500 miles away and I only see him about once a year. He's in his early 70s and from what I hear he gets around all right. Every time I talk to him he says he is doing OK. Even when he was in the hospital he said he felt fine except for the fact that he had problems with his speaking coinciding with his thoughts and that was the thing that convinced him to go to the hospital.
Back in '07, the same time that my dad's health was deteriorating, my mom had to be hospitalized with what turned out to be congestive heart failure (kind of a rough year that was). After a few days of blood thinners, diuretics, etc., she was released.
A day or two later, she had a mild stroke and I was the one who caught it. I called from work to check on her and her speech wasn't making any sense. For example, if you asked her what day it was, she might answer, "Three." I got her to the hospital right away - she was NOT happy to be going back there - and luckily the effects of the stroke were largely reversed. Timing really is the key with such things.
A couple months later, my mom was back at work, where she stayed until retiring at the end of 2011 at the age of 74. She's now probably healthier than she's been in years. You can't tell she ever had a stroke.
Here's hoping Dusty has a recovery that rivals my mom's.