My sister had a stroke yesterday. She was home with her 11-year-old son when she collapsed on the floor and started making strange noises. He couldn't get her to talk to him, so he called her partner (his other mom) at work. My sister has been having stomach pains lately, so her partner figured that's what it was. When she got home three hours later, my sister was staring blankly into space, unable to speak, and not responding.
They got her to the ER and found a brain hemorrhage. Then they did a full-body scan.
She has tumors in her brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. The doctors believe one of the brain tumors caused the stroke, which they say is "the worst kind of stroke"--whatever that means. She is paralyzed on her right side, unable to speak, and generally unresponsive. Although they haven't officially said it's cancer, the doctors are saying they don't believe they can do anything to treat her, and they "don't have a time frame" for how long she will survive.
She's 48. She's never even been sick. When I saw her two months ago, she was fine, although she had lost some weight and looked a little tired. I can't believe this is happening.
My mom and I are flying out to see her. It may be the last time, and I don't even know if she'll know we're there. I have no idea what to do for my mom, or for my nephew, or for my sister-in-law. I may be gone for a while. I'll check in when I get back.