The original purpose of this blog was to provide accurate up-to-date information about Arla Allen’s progress following a mild heart attack and major stroke in August of 2011. Her children maintain this blog and welcome your comments and prayers. The blog has now become a continuation of the ministry that Arla did in the lives of people. Arla passed away on Sept 26, 2012. She loved people and saw the good in all. Now her daughter Mary Ann uses this blog to continue the mission of love and forgiveness the her mom so beautifully lived.
Here is Arla’s story—–On Sunday, August 28, 2011, Arla woke and did not feel well. She was very weak and nauseous. She told Dad to get her to the hospital. After getting her dressed, Harold drove Arla to the Van Wert County Hospital. When she arrived, it was determined that her heart was in artial fibrillation and by this time she was mentally compromised. After a while, her mental capacities returned, and she could remember important dates and identify family.
After a very short time, she was in an ambulance and being transferred to the Cardiac ICU at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Upon arrival at Lutheran, the cardiologist said her EKG indicated she was having a heart attack, but she did not look or act like a woman having a heart attack. The decision was made to send her for a heart catheterization.
The catheterization indicated a blockage in a small artery at the bottom of the heart. The doctor did attempt some ballooning but was not too aggressive. This blockage is not in an area that would cause significant damage to the heart. That night Arla was feeling well, ate supper, talked to people on the phone, and rested through the night.
On the morning of Monday, August 29, 2001, Arla suddenly became unresponsive while the nurses were changing her position. Arla and her nurse were having a conversation as they were working to get Arla around for the morning. The nurse asked Arla how many grandchildren she had as they were rolling her to the side. Arla failed to respond which immediately alarmed the nurse who began trying to get her to respond. After a quick assessment, Arla was on her way for a CAT scan.
The CAT scan showed she had a major blood clot on the left side of the brain. Since she was already on blood thinners, the only option was to send her for radiology intervention. This would involve a catheter being sent to the brain to attempt to remove the clot. This procedure was not able to be as successful as possible because her left carotid artery was significantly blocked. The doctor worked to push the clots in the carotid to the side, but the clots continued to form around his attempts. During the procedure, the doctor sent clot buster past the carotid clot, and even attempted to get the left side brain clot from the right side. Arla does have good blood flow from the right side to the left side of the brain.
The stroke has caused paralysis on the right side of Arla’s body and is affecting her speech. On Sept 9, 2011, Arla entered the Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Wayne.
As of Sept 27, 2011, Arla is in the rehab wing of Vancrest in Van Wert. Her days involve various rehab activities. She still is unable to move herself or care for herself. She is unable to verbally communicate. It is still one day at a time.
As of Dec 29, 2011, Arla is still in the Vancrest Rehab. She has now been moved to room F3. She is slowly making progress. Please feel free to visit her.
Update: On September 26, 2012, after 13 months of living with the effects of the stroke, Arla suddenly passed away. Her death was unexpected and very quick. Her family and friends miss her desperately.