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Janie Amos is ill (January 2019) (114* d) RE: Amos is ill (January 2019) 07 Jan 19

A bit of an update regarding Amos. He did not have a stroke. His cerebellum got rattled pretty fiercely when he fell. The cerebellum is in charge of motor skills, hence the difficulties with speech and control of his arms and hands. Cognitively, he is as astute as ever. His handsome face ain't so handsome right now, but he will be back to full gorgeousness once the bruising and swelling are gone.

It is not unusual for some symptoms of concussion to develop a day or so post concussion, and that is apparently what happened with his speech and arms.

When I saw him on Thursday I could understand almost nothing he said. 2 days later I could understand most of what he said, so he is already showing improvement, even before starting speech or physical therapy.

While it is way too early for a prognosis for full recovery of motor skills to be made, or to predict how rapidly improvement will occur, there is every reason, at this point in time, to expect significant recovery as the brain heals. Due to the motor difficulties with speech and arms, it may be awhile before he is able to manage phone or keyboard, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear from him directly. We anticipate he will be discharged to a rehab center this week, where recovery therapies can begin in earnest.

I will be seeing him today and will pass along good wishes for his recovery.

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