This site provides a repository for the many Linda-reports and pictures accumulated
since Linda Rainville-Wagar suffered a severe brain aneurysm on Oct.6, 2009.
Click on the categories on the left to see the document or photo library.
click on Linda's calendar to be taken to her calendar site for visitors to see when
the best visiting times are.
Linda’s condition is slowly improving but has taken years for her to partly recover. In those first weeks of October 2009, she had two operations: to stem the bleeding and reduce the pressure on the brain by removing one side of her skull. A few months later, after the swelling went down, this was covered with a plate and a variable valve and catheter was installed to drain away the cerebrospinal (water-like) fluid that had been accumulating in her brain and likely preventing her from sufficient gains in awareness and function. She had a subsequent operation to put a drainage tube into the top of her right-hand skull to try and drain away fluid that is squashing her right-brain.
Linda can talk in both languages, her vision is improving. She is unfortunately more or less paralyzed in all limbs but the right arm but as her brain heals she is increasingly responding to physiotherapy and she is now able to move her torso and other limbs, especially the right leg. We belief she has some vision but really can't act on what she sees. She has so much complicated brain damage that it's
hard to know exactly what's happening but she exhibits a kind of multiple-personality and
has limited short-term memory and motivation. The good thing is though that for the most
part she is 'happy' and living in the moment. She enjoys listening to stories and music.
With all the positive thoughts and prayers coming her way, she has surprised us with what she's been able to regain, but it appears less likely that there will be magical awakening and return-home, like you might see in movies. We keep showering her with visits and love and can only hope that
her soul is better for it, despite her broken mind.
Linda remains in the Saint Vincent hospital in Ottawa for rehabilitation and can receive visits.
It's probably best to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask
what time is best to visit. The good thing about weekdays is that she is more
likely to be in the wheelchair and you could go to the Atrium or outdoors. But
I can request this for the weekend if you are making a special visit.
Your support and encouragement is appreciated. To receive more information, arrange to visit Linda or be put on her linda-reports mailing list, contact:
Carl Wagar, husband