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Old 5th August 2008, 06:13 AM   #1
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RSL in hospital

Hello, Everyone.

I just wanted you to know that my hubby will be out of commission for a while. Robert suffered a stroke last night (8/4). Some bleeding showed up in the cat scan, and it's in an inoperable place - dead center in the brain. The good news is that it is draining somewhat into the spinal cord. The stroke has left him paralyzed on the left side - the blood is mostly on the right side of the brain.

Right now we are in a "wait and see" phase. He is in CCU at a local hospital, and I'm told he'll likely be there a week. (Before anyone asks, no - he can't have flowers in the CCU.) He may go on from there to a rehabilitation facility where he may learn how to get the strength back on his left side. That, however, is too far down the road to think about now. There will be another cat scan to see if he is still bleeding or if it has stopped.

I will try to keep you posted on his progress, but news from me may be slow in coming. Please think good thoughts or pray if you are of the mind to. God bless you all.

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Edit: Please read on. As of 8/11, there has been some progress. Robert is doing better.

2nd Edit: Address for well wishing:
Robert Lancaster
c/o StopSylvia.com
3129 S. Hacienda Blvd. #622
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745-6304
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:16 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear that. They can do wonderful things with stroke victims these days. Best wishes.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:16 AM   #3
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Susan,

Please pass on my best wishes to Robert. I hope he has a swift and complete recovery.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:25 AM   #4
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My thoughts are with you both, Susan. Please let us know if there's anything we can do for you beyond thinking good thoughts.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:25 AM   #5
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My very best wishes to you both.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:25 AM   #6
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. Why does this sort of thing always seem to hit the wrong people?

The Fates have got some 'splaining to do.

Hoping for a quick recovery.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:28 AM   #8
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My thoughts are most definitely with both of you. Let me know if there's anything I can do.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:33 AM   #9
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I am so very sorry to hear this.

Prayers with you both, and if there is any way we can help with anything you need I'm sure many, many folks will do their best for you. Robert is much loved, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery.

Now you take very good care of yourself, and send him our best.

love cj x
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I'm really sorry to hear that and hope he recovers well. Best wishes to you both.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:33 AM   #11
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Very sad news. My thoughts are with you both.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:34 AM   #12
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Oh, I am so sorry. Both of you will be in my thoughts.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:34 AM   #13
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I am very sorry to hear this. At the Mid-Atlanteans meeting this past weekend, we were mentioning him and what an awesome person he is. I will be hoping that he makes a quick recovery!
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I hope this turns out well and he has a speedy recovery. Best wishes to both of you.
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Susan, I'm so sorry to hear this. RSL is a vital voice for reason, and we need him back ASAP. Stay positive!
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I am so sorry to hear this. Hugs to both of you.
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Sorry to hear that. Here's hoping for the best.
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That is certainly a scary thing to deal with. My best thoughts for both of you.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:45 AM   #19
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Thanks for the bad news, Better Half. I look forward to much better news soon.

Meanwhile, be a "bad patient"* on RSL's behalf, and make sure he gets the best possible attention!


*technical term--actively advocating for their care, and not passively accepting mediocre treatment.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:45 AM   #20
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Oh no!

Robert means so much to me and this community - may he make a full and complete recovery.
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Old 5th August 2008, 06:47 AM   #21
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Awful news - I'll be thinking of you both.
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[As an aside, I am going to be spending the next year or so interviewing stroke patients and their relatives about aspects of their care]
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All my best for you and hopes for a speedy recovery. I wish you all the best. Robert deserves that for his tireless work. Take Care.
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I wish Robert the speediest of recoveries. Both of you are in my thoughts.

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He has educated so many people in such a kind, thoughtful manner without ever resorting to cheap tactics or name-calling when dealing with the people he exposes.

I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.
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Best wishes to both of you.
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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My thoughts to both of you, also. A truly fine man with a wonderful wife. If there is anything you need help with, please ask for it. We don't make empty offers.
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My best wishes and thoughts go out to you both. Try to keep positive! I hope this is not an inappropriate thing to say but when my dad had his first stroke at 59 he recovered completely. And medical care and knowledge is so much better now.
Plus he has YOU to recover for! Blessings to you both. (((((HUGS))))
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I'm so sorry to hear about Robert. Please tell him that he needs to recover because Ed knows what mischief Sylvia will get up to without him keeping an eye on her.

He is an amazing man and if I had a quarter of his drive I'd be unstoppable.
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Thanks for letting us know, and best wishes for a speedy and as full-a-recovery as possible.
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My best wishes and thoughts go out to you both. Try to keep positive! I hope this is not an inappropriate thing to say but when my dad had his first stroke at 59 he recovered completely. And medical care and knowledge is so much better now.
Plus he has YOU to recover for! Blessings to you both. (((((HUGS))))


I also hope he gets well.

And I second the above about the quality of treatment these days. Another good friend of mine had a stroke a few years ago, and has recovered about 90% or more of his abilities. I hope RSL does as well, or better!

Please let him know we're thinking about him. And tell yourself that too!
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He has educated so many people in such a kind, thoughtful manner without ever resorting to cheap tactics or name-calling when dealing with the people he exposes.
Absolutely right. All the best to both of you.
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You are absolutely right that there's amazing things that can be done to help stroke victims these days. Stay cool, stay dedicated, and stay confident. Eventually, with a small modicum of luck, it is possible to have a very close to full recovery.
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I'm so sorry to hear this.

Don't hesitate to ask for any sort of help you need.

Respectfully,
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Thank you for taking the time to let us know, under what must be extreme circumstances. I have never contributed before to threads such as this (I never know what to say) but in this case I must submit that the world needs Robert Lancaster. I stand in awe of how he goes about his important business with incredible patience and grace. I hope he continues to display both during what I hope will be a a full and remarkably quick recovery.
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That's awful news.

Here's hoping that he'll benefit from today's wonderful medical care. Keep goin' RSL - we need you.
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Really sorry to hear about this.

Best wishes to you and RSL.
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Please send him my wishes for an excellent recovery. Both he and you will be in my thoughts. I will be hoping that we will have another reason for saying Thank Goodness for the benefits of excellent medical care.

Hugs for you and Robert too
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Hugs and best wishes to RSL, and to his better half.
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