Help Lee Colvin recover from his stroke

For: Lee Colvin
Indiana
Organizer: Susan Colvin
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The Story

On April 1, 2017, Susan (Lee’s wife) sent Lee and Joselyn (their daughter) to the grocery store to pick up things for Lee's 34th birthday dinner. Lee had checked out and was about to leave the store, when the cashier informed him that he has dropped his bag of groceries. Lee was unaware that he had even dropped his bag. While Lee was in the process of switching hands, he then dropped the pop he was carrying. He asked Joselyn for help carrying the bag of groceries and left the store. Lee walked to his vehicle, and by the time he got to his truck he had no feeling in his left arm. Unable to use his left arm, Lee used his right to unlock the truck and get in. Feeling unwell, Lee briefly laid his head on the steering wheel and was then met with a knock on his window by a local police officer. The officer asked Lee various questions and did a quick assessment, he then called an ambulance. The EMT recognized the symptoms Lee was experiencing as a stroke and quickly got him to St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, IN.
At the hospital, the doctors ordered a CT scan which showed the presence of a blood clot in Lee’s brain. Lee was administered the life-saving medication called tPA. This medication is required to be given within three hours of having a stroke, luckily he receive the medication within that time. The medical staff then informed Susan and Lee that they needed to be transferred to a more advanced hospital for further tests and one that could handle the type of surgery potentially needed if the tPA was unsuccessful. Lee was then air lifted via helicopter to University of Illinois in Chicago, where his team of doctors was waiting for him.
While hospitalized in the specialized neurological ICU for 5 days, Lee had gone through numerous MRI’s, various scans, blood works and ability tests. Unfortunately the source or cause of the stroke has not identified.
On April 5th, Lee was deemed stable enough to be transferred to St. Margaret Hospital in Dyer, IN. This will allow him to be near his home and family. Lee will remain at St. Margaret for an undetermined length of time. While he is there, he will receive 3-5 hours a day of intense physical therapy and occupational therapy to regain strength in his left arm and to relearn to walk without assistance. Lee has not been given a discharge date and there is currently no estimate of when he will be returning to work. Lee is the primary provider for his family of five which include: Clayton (7), Joselyn (5) and Braxton (3).

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 1, 2017

Posted on May 1, 2017

Saturday, Lee and I celebrated our wedding anniversary, I can't believe how fast 11 years has gone. 
And today is 1 month since Lee's stroke. We have spent a lot of time together as a family, with Lee not driving yet.  it's been my job to get him to therapy and doctors appointments.
He started physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, 3 hours each day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for the next 4 weeks. He should also be doing work therapy after that, to make sure he can do his job when he returns to work. But the doctors still haven't said when he'll be going back to work though. 
Lee has made great strides to recovery, but till has a long road. 

Posted on April 15, 2017

Posted on April 15, 2017

It's now been 2 weeks since Lee's stroke, and he is finally home.
We praise God for sparing his life and we are so grateful for Lee to walk out of the hospital.
On Monday he will start out patient physical therapy several times a week. He will be working on regaining strength in his left hand and working on walking without a cane.
He will also be getting a heart monitor (called a lup recorder) put in so they can see if his heart has an arrhythmia or not. It's still undetermined why he had a stroke and they want to prevent it from happening again.
He's still on several different types of medication, so he's not feeling himself and isn't sleeping very well yet. We are hoping the doctors take him off a few of the meds so he feels more normal again.
He still has a long recovery yet, but we are so thankful for the progress he's already made.

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