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How It Began

Written by Sue Baker.

Well, friends and family, it’s been an exciting 36 hours at the Baker house!

Roger (aka Rusty or Rog) is now safely ensconced in ICU at Bethesda. He is in a private room with 2 windows, a pressure bed, telemonitoring, a flat screen TV and a full-time nurse (yeah, me!).

He will have surgery on Tuesday, mid-morning, to explore and remove the mass in his left brain. A plan comes after that.

Here’s the background:

Roger has had increasing difficulty with speech in the past few weeks, and increasing fatigue. Thursday, it became apparent this wasn’t “normal” (even for him), and so we took a trip to Ft Belvoir’s ER.

Physicians there decided it also wasn’t normal, and testing revealed this mass. So, the ER transferred him to Bethesda for admission to the ICU and neurosurgery service.

His neurologist and neurosurgeon have agreed that this mass started within the last year as it doesn’t appear on any of his prior MRI or CAT scans.  His speech pathologist has done baseline testing so she can develop a plan post-surgery to work on regaining communications skills.  His nurses are watching him like hawks.

He is not up to taking phone calls, nor is he awake enough for visits at this time. He does covet your prayers.

Roger’s sister, MJ, will arrive this evening to help take care of him and me and the boys.

I will try to send updates regularly via e-mail, but you can always call or text me at 571-244-1684.

Thank you for your many offers of help! At this point, I’m still a little rattled (OK, a lot rattled). Trust me, I will contact you directly as I figure out what we need when. I have passed information on to the school for the boys so they can be watched a little more closely.