Garrison Keillor Hospitalized with Minor Stroke

Humorist and Lake Wobegon resident Garrison Keillor, 67, was hospitalized Sunday evening at Mayo Clinic’s St. Mary’s Hospital after suffering a mild stroke. Keillor, of course, announced the news in his usual style sending out a Facebook notice which read: “Garrison Keillor has landed in the hospital, one more pitiful giant with tubes in his hands, wearing a tiny hospital gown, peeing into a container, and endlessly reciting his correct name and date of birth. Have Mercy.” A hospital spokesman says he is doing well, and expects to be released from the hospital on Friday, and return to a normal work schedule next week.

Every minute counts when it comes to recovering from a stroke. As the US Department of Health and Human Services says in its PSA’s:

“If you have a stroke, you have 60 minutes to win or lose the race of your life. With every second, a stroke can kill a part of your brain that may control movement, sight, or speech.

Now there are new treatments. But you must get to a hospital fast.

If you suddenly feel numbness on one side, have trouble talking, walking, or seeing, it could be a stroke.

Call 9-1-1. If you have a stroke, how you spend the next 60 minutes could determine how you spend the rest of your life.”

Signs of a stroke:

  • Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes
  • Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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