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Sunday, May 31, 2009

UPDATE as of June 8, 2009:

Dear Friends and Family,

My mom was discharged from the hospital this past Tuesday and returned to her room at Phoebe Home.

While she is not paralyzed on her left side, as she is on her right, she does have weakness on her left side, which means she can't hold the phone or use her electric wheelchair (joystick controlled).

We are hoping she will be able to regain the use of her hand so that she can regain some independence. The good news is that she can use her left hand somewhat to eat.

Unfortunately, she has a bladder infection on top of the results of the stroke, so she has been treated for it but is sleeping much more as her body tries to recuperate.

In addition, she is very depressed and is not willing to communicate verbally any more than she has to. The calls from her grandchildren help, but she is just tired. This may be the beginning of the end, but we don't know.

Thank you for all of your prayers and kind wishes. I just ask that you continue.

In Jesus' grace,Ursula

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Dear Friends and Family,

My mother, Gizella Berty, had another stroke this past Friday night. She was admitted to Leheigh Valley Hospital (Room 7A-13A for those who would like to visit). The stroke occurred in the right side of her brain, which has left her with left side weakness; she can't even hold the phone.

Her first stroke in April 2008 resulted in paralysis of her right side, although with a specialized leg brace and someone to walk with her, she had been "walking" as daily therapy. In addition, she had still been able to solve crossword puzzles, play Scrabble, and read.

The second stroke in February 2009 led to no new apparent symtoms except for increased weakness overall and slightly more aphasia (inability to produce the words that one is thinking.) In just the last three weeks, I was able to take her to her former church, St. Joe's, for their Scripture Group meeting, which she used to attend faithfully.

My mom may be discharged as early as tomorrow (Monday) or Tuesday. Please keep her in prayer for comfort and peace, my father (and my siblings and me) for strength, peace, and wisdom.

Attached is a photo of my father and mother as we celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2005.

May God bless and keep you all,

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