John is a 45 year old man admitted 1 week ago. He had been admitted to another hospital 1 week earlier with a stroke resulting in complete paralysis of his right arm and leg with almost a total aphasia. He was extremely wasted so it was not surprising to find that he had HIV. It was felt his stroke was from Toxoplasmosis and he was started on a second line treatment for it. After no improvement after 1 week they asked for discharge from that hospital and presented here.
I was not optimistic we could do much for him since he had shown absolutely no improvement in his paralysis after 1 week. We fortunately have the combination of medications that are recommended for Toxoplasmosis. Within a day John was speaking a few words. By day 2 there was movement in his leg. Day 3 he was walking with assistance. Day 4 walking by himself with a cane. Day 5 movement in his upper arm.I had the pleasure of discharging John home today with full speech, walking with a cane and showing daily improvement in his arm strength. I will see him back in 2 weeks and will then return to the Southwest Province to begin his HIV treatment.
Terry and I feel we got to witness a Miracle this Holiday Season.