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  •  I woke up early a little over a year ago, (1+ / 0-)
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    Melanie in IA

    because my sister had a knee surgery appointment that morning and the house was cold.  I wanted to turn the heat up so it would be warm for her early bath.  I noticed that I was having trouble walking through the house.  I thought maybe I was still not quite awake.  I put on a pot of coffee, but for some reason I couldn't drink it.  We drove to the surgery center about 20 miles from home.  By this time, I knew something was wrong, but I couldn't figure out what.  When we got to the center, I asked my sis to get me a soda from the machine, because I knew I would not be able to do it myself.  I couldn't drink it, it dribbled down the right side of my mouth.  Her surgery lasted a little over an hour, and I had a conference with the orthopedist.  He didn't seem to think there was anything wrong, and did not comment on my confusion.   I drove back home and called my doctor.  I asked  if I should go to the hospital, or come to the office.  They told me to come to the office, a distance of about 8 miles.  Still not thinking clearly, I did as told.  When I got there, the doc stuck me in an ambulance and called the emergency room to be ready for me.
    I had all the right symptoms, but for some reason, the people at the surgery center didn't pick up on them.  A CT scan did not show the stroke, but an MRI did.  I understand that with a fresh CVA, a CT scan does not alway show the damage.  Anyway, I was very lucky.  I spent several weeks in the hospital and in rehab.  I have been told that if this occurs again, at best one has three hours to avoid major damage.  
    I did not know what was wrong, and I did not recognize the symptoms, as serious as they were.  My advice is that if you even suspect something may be amiss, get thee to an ER.
    Thanks Melanie for this diary.  It's taken a little over a year for me to get somewhat back to normal.  Stroke is serious business.  Again, I was very lucky.  Please don't take a chance,  get to an ER.

    Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller

    by diggerspop on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:28:40 PM PST

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