Mike Weed's Needs

For: Heidi and Mike Weed
Organizer: Friends of the Weeds
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The Story

"Mike's ability to motivate himself with a positive attitude continues to awe me. He is not only an inspiration to me, but to our children and everyone that crosses his path. The cane was ditched many months ago and he is making vast improvements with speech and communication every day.  He is continuing strong with therapy and I know he has what it takes. He goes for therapy 3 times/week. At home he is enjoying cooking, painting with watercolors, newly found programs on Netflix and spending time with the kids. I know I'm biased, but we have 3 amazing children. Their level of patience, understanding and compassion is awe-inspiring. Your continued positive thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated and absolutely needed as Mike continues on this journey. Keep drinking Weed Ale! We are Weedstrong and couldn't do it without your continued support. Thank you. ~ Heidi"

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Posted on May 18, 2014

Posted on May 18, 2014

At this time, 1 year ago, I was sitting at Mike's bedside in the ICU at Hartford Hospital. At 6:30 am, 1 year ago today, Mike bolted out of bed. He ran right into our bathroom to see if his left eye was swollen closed - he saw only blackn...ess. His head was still pounding, as it had the entire week before. I wanted to call an ambulance, but he didn't want to scare the kids. I immediately called and woke my mom and told her that I needed to get Mike to the closest hospital ASAP. While we waited just moments for her to arrive, Mike went into each of the kid's rooms to give them a kiss before we left. The kids knew about the weeklong headaches, and of his scheduled appointment at 2:00 later that day. I simply told Sam that the appointment was earlier than we thought and that Grandma would be helping with the morning routine.
As we drove down 691, Mike became emotional saying that his vision was starting to return some. The closer we came to the hospital, the better the vision became. We arrived at Midstate where a team immediately sat him in a wheelchair and performed the typical neurological testing for stroke. Mike could walk, he was using both arms and clearly speaking and vision in left eye was improving. He was "fast tracked" into a CAT scan. Doctor quite confidently said that he believed this could be a side effect of a migraine. While in CAT scan I phoned his Dad to explain what was going on. He planned to head for hospital. As we waited for the doctor to return to room with results of scan, Mike tried to encourage me to sit down. His words were jumbled and he recognized that. Within moments the doctor returned and explained that the scan showed sign that he may have had a stroke. At that very moment, in an instant, Mike turned to look at me, but it was a stare that I had never seen on his face before. The doctor was asking Mike questions, but he didn't answer. The doctor would hold Mike's arms up, but they flopped to his side. The doctor would hold Mike's legs up, but they flopped to his side. I will never forget the expression on the doctor's face when he stared right at me and said, "We have already called in air transportation. Mike will be airlifted to the Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital". Preparations began immediately and at the same time an angel, Naomi, appeared at my side. She was the social worker that didn't leave my side until Mike's dad arrived. She was right outside with me as the LifeStar team wheeled him towards the helipad. Mike's dad arrived and he drove me to Hartford Hospital.
When we arrived he was in another series of CAT scans and testing. There were several calls to family members and within a short time Mike's mom, grandma, sisters and brother arrived. Doctors kept coming in to give us updates on the procedure they were attempting. Each one was more wonderful than the last, but they continued to tell me that my husband was very ill. Hours passed and we were faced with the reality that there was nothing surgically safe to perform. We would have to wait for Mike to wake from sedatives. He was moved onto the ICU floor and several hours later we were able to take turns visiting him.
Throughout the entire day, all I could think about was how I was going to break this to our kids. What was I going to say? How were they going to react? I needed to be by his side, but I needed to be home. Thank God for family and friends!
I feel very fortunate to share the photo below that was taken a few weeks ago on our 14th wedding anniversary. This was definitely the longest FB post I have written. It was therapeutic for me to relive this day. Please continue to send your thoughts and prayers. Mike will continue to heal and we graciously accept your continued support. Weedstrong.
Connecticut School of Broadcasting put together an anniversary video. They did a great job, but couldn't have done it without the participation from Penny, Bob, Vin, Jim, Pete and Mike & kids.

http://youtu.be/UaIXAsi5qzA
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Posted on May 7, 2014

Posted on May 7, 2014


Posted on May 1, 2014

Posted on May 1, 2014

May 1st marks the start of Stroke Awareness Month. Ironically, May 17th will mark the one year anniversary of Mike's stroke. For each day in May, I will be posting facts and warning signs along with photos to show what pure determination and self-motivation looks like. I ask that you share Mike's story and spread the word about stroke awareness. Together we are Weedstrong!

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