Robert Lussier didn’t know he was in trouble – but his fellow
pinochle players at a local club did. Lussier was having a stroke and
recalls he just sort of “faded out,” and that caused his fellow
players to become alarmed.
“I just started talking kind of silly,” the 82-year-old city
resident said this week. Lussier’s brother Bert and his friends
took him right home and once there his wife of 59 years, Estelle, also
suspected something was wrong.
“They brought me to get her and she brought me to the hospital,”
Lussier said. Estelle said this week that she knew Landmark Medical Center
was the place her husband needed to be when she saw him and it turned
out she was right once she and Bert got him there. “They took him
in right away and said he was having a stroke,” she said.
The experience turned out alright for the Lussiers because they did go
to the hospital immediately and Landmark’s ER team ended up with
the time needed to conduct an effective stroke intervention with the help
of a blood clot-busting medication.
His treatment was conducted under Landmark’s stroke protocol that
sets priorities for a patient’s diagnosis and treatment in the quickest
period of time possible,