Denise Gilmore, my mother, who is the rock of our family, suffered a stroke during her stay at the Pechanga resort and casino recently. Unfortunately, I was completely unaware of how serious a stroke can be. I was summoned to an emergency in Temecula California, to find my mother in intense pain and unable to speak. The scene in the emergency room broke my heart. I never imagined seeing the person that I was accustomed to relying on for just about everything, in a situation where she needed the help and me and my family more than ever.
The damage to her brain was determined to be the size of a golf ball and occurred in the area of the brain that effects speech and mobility. After a grueling stay at hospital in Temecula, followed by a stay at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, she is finally back home and on the road to recovery. Her speech is impaired greatly, and she has loss use of muscles in her right arm (she is right-handed) due to the damage that occurred.
The treatment prescribed to her is simply time, practice pronouncing words she used to easily, and physical therapy to help gather strength in her right arm. In addition, she must now be conscious when watching anything that may be too stimulating for her brain at this time. As die-hard Marvel fans it was a hard to part ways with some of the movies we love most until the doctor feels she is healthy enough to resume. Life after stroke has been difficult. From trying to cover gas fees for several trips from Los Angeles to Temecula, using time off at work to make sure a family member is with her at all times during her recovery, to trying to reassure her to stay strong mentally and she fights the realization of things that will never be the same. Any stroke victim has gained my upmost respect and sympathy as you never really know until it hits home.
I am asking for donations to help with some of the financial burden incurred, the extensive medical bills that me and my family are attempting to cover, as well as to help with other bills that are past due while trying to devote all resources to the recovery process. We are feeling the pressure as due dates are coming up within the next month. I would also love to be able to take her on a trip to somewhere nice like Disneyland to celebrate her still being with us! Still having her with us is the ultimate relief during this trying time. The trip would be a bonus as medical and other bills are the main concern.
Any help is appreciated! Thank you!