Jeff Nye · October 7, 2008 at 1:55 pm · Filed Under Off-topic ranting 

From the Improving Safeco thread:

Long time commenter scraps has had a stroke. You can learn more details at:


Our best wishes are with scraps and those close to him. Come back soon.


17 Responses to “Scraps”

  1. Karen on October 7th, 2008 2:23 pm

    Wow, here’s hoping therapy ASAP will help recover scraps’ speech, and full control of movement on the affected side. Getting the BP under control is a good sign…

    Best wishes, scraps. I’m caregiver for my husband, who had a stroke 9 years ago. His was less debilitating physically, and gradually, ever more debilitating mentally. I have a lot of empathy for your situation.

  2. Sports on a Schtick on October 7th, 2008 2:53 pm

    Get well soon scraps.

  3. Conor on October 7th, 2008 4:04 pm

    Best wishes, scraps!

  4. Carson on October 7th, 2008 4:04 pm

    Makes baseball seem so unimportant, doesn’t it?

    Pull through, scraps. You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. MKT on October 7th, 2008 4:40 pm

    One useful lesson here for us all: that passage in the link where the friend told them to get to a hospital NOW, and not to wait for it to “go away” is absolutely key. Public health people are trying to nickname strokes as “brain attacks” because, just like a heart attack, a stroke can be life-threatening, but often treatable, and time is of the essence in getting to a hospital.

    With ischemic strokes in particular (scraps had a hemmorhagic stroke), there are drugs that can dissolve the blood clot and literally save you from brain damage.

    Getting some sort of medical treatment is key, the harder part is this: some hospitals are more up to date than others when it comes to emergency stroke treatment. My father had an ischemic stroke, and all that Swedish Hospital did was put him under observation for a night, while he lost speech and most of the use of the right side of his body. They didn’t give him tPA (a powerful clot-dissolving drug) because they either weren’t experienced enough with it or didn’t have the facilities for properly diagnosing whether and how much to give.

    Given the emergency nature of a stroke, one typically can’t choose which hospital to go to, even if one has dug into the detailed data to find out which hospitals have modern stroke treatment capability. But it can make the difference between being able to walk out a few days later vs. being disabled for life.

    A nice quick summary of emergency treatment of strokes:

  6. Matthew Carruth on October 7th, 2008 4:56 pm

    Best of luck.

  7. Teej on October 7th, 2008 6:20 pm

    Good luck, Scraps. Best wishes.

  8. TomTuttle on October 7th, 2008 6:58 pm

    Get well soon, Scraps!

  9. Benne on October 7th, 2008 7:54 pm

    Good luck, Scraps.

  10. DoesntCompute on October 7th, 2008 8:01 pm

    Get well soon Scraps. You are in my prayers.

  11. mln on October 7th, 2008 8:31 pm

    My best wishes to Scraps.

  12. JMHawkins on October 7th, 2008 9:25 pm

    Good luck, fight back.

  13. JerBear on October 7th, 2008 10:32 pm

    My best wishes to Scraps – I know that’s just a horrible situation to be in. May God bless him and those who are caring for him.

  14. jlc on October 7th, 2008 10:50 pm

    Best wishes, scraps, to you and your family.

  15. Dave in Palo Alto on October 7th, 2008 11:04 pm

    Get well soon, scraps.

  16. scott19 on October 7th, 2008 11:44 pm

    Best wishes, Scraps…get well soon!

  17. jake squid on October 8th, 2008 3:59 pm

    Get well soon, scraps. We’ll be waiting for your return.

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