Stroke Leaves Nana Nice.

Wichita, KS -- 87-year-old Lilian Bedford's family is thankful this week for a devastating stroke that left her paralyzed, drooling and incontinent, but suddenly delightful to be around.

Known as 'The Mean Nana' by all 17 of her grandchildren, Lilian was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance last week after neighbors noticed all 11 of her cats on the front porch looking for food.   Paramedics say they found her confused and agitated with something DVR'd from CBS playing in the background.

"I couldn't believe what a jerk this old lady was being to me.    She was yelling profanities and flipping me the bird while I tried to check her blood pressure," said John Brainard, the paramedic who arrived first at the scene.

That's the Nana mommy used to tell us stories about," said 5-year-old Jimmie, who's never seen his grandmother because of her terrible attitude.  "But now she hugs me with her good arm and I can't wait to see her again."

Having Lilian's incredibly positive energy was an intoxicating experience for nurses.   "She melted our hearts.  We played rock-paper-scissors every morning to win her four max assist cares, even though we all had nine other patients to care for,"  said Adrian Freeling, the nurse with the longest streak for not calling in sick on a Friday at the last moment.

Doctors are also excited about Lilian's progress.  "Her transformation has been nothing short of remarkable.  When I first met Lilian last week, she told me to 'get out of my room'.  As the week went on, she was funny and inviting.  We laughed and cried together.  In fact, she went from last patient of the day to first patient of the day on my daily rounds, " said Dr. Sckvch Kckvxldhslkch, a leading Neurologist and President of the National Association of Neurologists From Eastern Europe.

Lilian's stroke had her hospitalist wondering how similar stroke symptoms could be induced in all of his patients to get 100% patient satisfaction scores.  "Someday, I'm sure hospitalists will be asked to stroke out all their patients to improve the scores," said Dr John Jensen, a hospitalist who only gets paid when patients have a smile on their face.

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