The first thing people need to understand is the seriousness of strokes. Strokes can literally come in different shapes and sizes and have different outcomes. All strokes are serious and can cause death.
Some strokes cause permanent physical and cognitive damage. Some strokes cause physical and cognitive damage to a lesser degree and rehabilitation and time can help those folks to get back to a level where they can function with minimum help from others.
When someone has a stroke, the first thing that needs to happen is that the medical professionals need to figure out what caused the stroke and address that issue to help prevent a subsequent stroke from happening. One such treatment is blood thinners that then require monitoring of blood which is known as INR to keep the blood in therapeutic range. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg53piYM-HI
With all that being said, Randy had a severe stroke. Fans have been waiting a long time for a accurate update on Randy's condition so here it is. It is true that he is recovering in his Texas home. His daily medical care continues with a nurse that visits every day as well as having two long-term caretakers helping take care of his daily needs.
Randy is still paralyzed on his right side. He cannot walk and can barely speak.
As many will remember, Travis suffered the stroke in July while hospitalized with congestive heart failure and viral cardiomyopathy. This is the part that is going to be hard for his fans to read.
At the time of his stroke, Randy underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. To do that the doctors had to remove a section of his skull to reduce potentially deadly brain swelling.
In mid-October, the skull fragment was reattached to his head with titanium screws. He must wear a helmet to reduce the chance of head injury during this time of brain surgery healing. Randy is still confined to bed or a wheelchair.
Prayers are still very much needed for healing for Randy Travis.
This past September, Randy’s album Influence Vol. 1: “The Man I Am,” containing 13-cover songs was released. There is a duet with Joe Nichols, “Tonight I’m Playing Possum,” which pays tribute to George Jones. Other songs are hits from Waylon Jennings, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and Ernest Tubb. You can order that CD from his website at: http://www.randytravis.com/preorder
It only takes common sense to realize that ordering this CD would be helpful both financially and spiritually for Randy. I can only imagine the warm loving feeling and good affect having this CD go to the Top 10 on iTunes or Amazon would give Randy during this time in his recovery. I am not connected to Randy personally or professionally so saying this does not benefit me in any way.
You can send your cards and continued well-wishes to Randy at:
Randy Travis, 266 Blanks Road, Tioga, TX 76271