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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:05 AM
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Hang in there, Teddy Kennedy!!
He's been rushed to the hospital with "stroke-like" symptoms. I hope it's not a bad one. I hope he pulls through so he can see us take back the White House and begin to put our National Nightmare behind us.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:06 AM
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1. I wish for him to be able to see us win in November.
Come on, Ted! We're all behind you!
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:08 AM
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2. Yes, if anybody deserves a friendly administration..
.. it's Ted Kennedy.

He's been fighting the uphill fight way
too long.

Pull through, Teddy!
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williesgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:08 AM
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3. My prayers are with him and the entire family. He nees to see us win! rec'd
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:11 AM
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4. I hope we hear something soon. . . .n/t
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liberaldem4ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:17 AM
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5. My heart goes out to him and his family
I am praying for him today and hope that he can fully recover from this. I'm thinking about how he sang in Texas (was it in Spanish?) at a Obama rally and it was so cute. It does help to know that he is in a very good hospital and is getting good care. God bless him.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:18 AM
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6. Mass General is a top tier facility...
It's part of Harvard and has the best rep. Apparently he spent an hour at Cape Cod Hosptial before he was lifted out.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:20 AM
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7. Sending good vibes Teds way....
:grouphug:
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horseshoecrab Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:24 AM
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8. all best thoughts, prayers, and hopes
for strength for Ted Kennedy! My spectacular senator!

Please pull through Ted!

Ted has a wonderful vascular surgeon at MGH -- the absolute best.

Much love to the Kennedy family and friends.

horseshoecrab

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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:31 AM
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9. hugs
:hug: I grew up in the Bay State. They are family. I'm there with you.
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horseshoecrab Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 12:34 PM
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27. thanks annabanana!
Hugs and all good things appreciated! :hug:

Love and Strength to Ted, family and friends.

:hug:

Just heard cnn report that full recovery is expected!

horseshoecrab
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:33 AM
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10. My fervant hope for a full and speedy recovery.
You've been a tireless fighter for this nation, truly a statesman who fought to make this a better country for all. Even when times were darkest, you were unafraid to fight for what is right. May God grant you the opportunity to be around to see the seachange we all deserve this November.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:33 AM
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11. Sending my prayers to the Kennedy family.
:( Get well soon good man.
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:39 AM
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12. I'm very worried... they haven't reported his condition.
That's not a good sign. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:48 AM
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16. Not true. (See my post below.)
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:41 AM
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13. I'm hoping it's only a TIA like I had in November.
Edited on Sat May-17-08 11:47 AM by TahitiNut
Since he had a carotid blockage removed, it's clear he's got plaque and that's one of the precursors for an ischemic stroke. It's important to realize that strokes come in two distinct ways: ischemic (clot) and hemorrhagic (bleed out). In the case of an ischemic attack, the clot often clears itself within an hour or two - which is what happened to me twice that morning last November. The after-effects of a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) are minor to none. If the clot does NOT clear itself, the have "clot-busting drugs" that will Save The Brain. The problem, of course, is diagnosing the stroke as ischemic and not hemorrhagic. If the stroke is hemorrhagic, any recovery is premised on the glood clotting and shutting of the bleed. Use of "clot-busting drugs" in THAT case is likely to be fatal. Thus, they use MRI to perform the necessary diagnostics ... and the better (more expensive) the MRI the better (prompt and efficacious) the ability to diagnose.

About the TIME ... my first TIA lasted 2 hours from onset to recovery. It happened, I called 911, and I was in the emergency room as it was clearing. Four hours after the first one, I had another ... while still in Emergency but after an MRI, doppler of the carotid, chest Xray, EKG, etc. It took THAT episode about 1.5 hours to clear. In the meantime, all I was given was an aspirin and one Plavix. I was kept overnight and released before dinertime the next day.

So ... even if Senator Kennedy has only suffered one or two TIAs, it TAKES TIME for anyone to know that he'd be OK. So, let's not panic and "conclude" that no news is bad news. It ain't necessarily so!



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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 12:13 PM
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25. Thanks for the info TN. Not hearing anything is a little
tough on the nerves...
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 05:23 PM
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28. *Whew*. Oh yes dear... I know all about that, but you have the first hand knowledge.
I remember.

Luckily, ischemia is more common than hemorrhage.

I was taking the time frame into account, and I know that whether someone is stable or not is critical in only the first hour. Knowing that Kennedy's care would be exceptional, it was worrisome to me.

I'm willing to bet that they knew you were stable right away... and if I recall, you never became critical.

To me such a delay means only one of two things; status critical, or status deceased. Either one is bad news.

In this case they erred too heavily on the side of caution when they could have reported he was cogent much sooner.


Either way, they gave us a scare, and all looks, for the moment, to be for the best.

Thanks for tamping down my pessimism, you're great at that.

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Exultant Democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:42 AM
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14. We need at least 2 more terms for the old lion.
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1776Forever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:42 AM
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15. We need you Ted! Keep up the good fight - I know you will - Blessings to you and yours!


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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:49 AM
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17. Kennedy himself made a phonecall
to a family friend to cancel a lunch date and told them to go ahead without him, so it may not be as bad as we're hearing on M$M. -per CNN
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:58 AM
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22. First hopeful note I've seen so far. Thanks!. . . n/t
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:50 AM
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18. wish him well
:kick:
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:50 AM
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19. Healing vibes and thoughts for Ted and the whole Kennedy family.
:loveya:
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:51 AM
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20. My thoughts are with the Kennedy family - Teddy is one of my heroes.
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caseycoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:57 AM
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21. Get well soon Teddy!
We NEED you!
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 11:59 AM
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23. the Globe is reporting that he had 2 seizures:
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 12:10 PM
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24. Seizures are usually a warning sign.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 06:20 PM
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29. An ischemic attack OFTEN presents as a "seizure" esp. with internal carotid artery stenosis.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20040401/1665.html

I've happily survived the 90-day post-TIA period uneventfully. (Still cleaning up my act and enjoying an occasional glass of red wine with dinner after 17 years of abstinence. BP down to 127/70 from 187/112.)


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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 07:17 PM
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30. Thank you and glad you are doing so well now. This health stuff is
hard. I like to eat and diabetes gets in the way.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 12:16 PM
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26. Good thoughts and prayers to you,

and your family Senator Kennedy.

:hug: :grouphug:
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