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Michael M.


My husband, Michael McNally, was a very active, healthy, three times a week golfer at the age of 68. In December 2009, he suffered a mild TIA. After rushing him to the ER when he was slurring, we were informed he needed carotid artery surgery which he did as soon as possible. All went well after that. However, two weeks later, he was having a head ache on the weekend and didn't want to call Doc because of the weekend, and he was able to function through it. On Monday Jan. 18, 2010, while driving home from an errand, he tried to turn left on a main intersection in town and wasn't able to do so and crashed into hedges surrounding a pharmacy. I got the phone call from a stranger who was using Michael's phone and an ambulance was on its way. I jumped into the car and knew the exact location of the accident. When I arrived, they had loaded him into the ambulance and told me they had to leave immediately, so all I saw was the soles of his shoes as they closed the doors. I drove straight to hospital and met my children there. Thank God, there was a neurosurgeon on duty as a bleeding of a three inch bubble and a craniotomy was required. It was really touch and go during the surgery, and the first 72 hours would define his survival. Through the careful work of the surgeon, he survived the surgery and was in a coma for about a week afterward. When he did wake, his speech was incoherent, and he couldn't move his left side. After four weeks in ICU, he was moved to the floor, and he couldn't even sit on the side of the bed without falling over. 

I had some knowledge of strokes as my son, at age 18, suffered a traumatic brain injury and a stroke due to an auto accident. He is now confined to a wheelchair, though somewhat independent. So, I was hopeful and frightened at the same time. 

After the hospital, Michael went to inpatient rehabilitation and then outpatient. He is now at home, but still needing a lot of assistance. He is able to walk with a walker with help and can transfer from bed to wheelchair then to recliner. We participate in social activities, such as movies and dinner with friends. We have friends over for dinner and cards. Michael also like to play poker with the boys on Friday nights. His friends pick him up and take him out. He also enjoys golf therapy through Emory once a month. We play games like Scrabble, and he still can beat me with a tight neck and neck score. His goal is to one day play golf again, even if it is only with his right hand. He has a strong determination, and with that, I pray his wish comes true. Hopefully, it will.


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