Mods, could you please reference this post as an update post in the title? Also please edit the title to mention that it was not a stroke. And yeah, it wasn't a stroke, but it was temporary paralysis, triggered, somehow, no idea how, by low hemoglobin counts. Apparently my dear mother has been bleeding into her gasstrointestinal tract for 2 weeks and she's so reluctant to complain about anything that we had no idea how serious it was. The good news though is that other than being reluctant to tell us her actual needs, there's nothing actually wrong with her brain structurally. The blood just wasn't delivering enough oxygen due to low hemoglobin levels... I guess? Just a bit of background, Mom's a cancer survivor, she survived a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the right side of her head about 18 years ago, but before the doctors beat it back it put some pressure on her brain, causing brain damage. my best guess as to what happened is that the area s of her brain had been using to work around that damaged region got short changed on oxygen and started malfunctioning. Anyway, the bad news is she probably needs surgery, the good news is this seems to be something that surgery and a transfusion can improve her condition quickly. Good news, and massive relief for me. I'm not really ready to let my mother go yet. She's too awesome.