Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:44

Life Throws You Curve Balls

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Life throws you curve balls. I got a huge one thrown at me on May 11th, 2015. I suffered a stroke. That’s right at the tender age of 40; I was having a stroke. What was going to happen to my kids? Would I be ok? Why did this happen to me? What did I do?  How could I be having a stroke? Could all of those things that I had been experiencing the over the last several weeks been signs that I was missing? Was my Doctor wrong last March 2014, when I thought I was having a TIA (transient ischemic attack) and he told me nope it was my B12? So many things ran through my mind! Just so much was going on. I have to say that if it hadn’t been for the school nurse at my kid’s elementary school, I probably wouldn’t have gone to the hospital and then who knows what would have happened. Honestly, I kept pushing things off not wanting to go to the doctors and be told it was nothing. I was one to believe at least where I was concerned that the doctor was right, never questioned my doctor about diagnoses. At least not for me, now for my kids, it was another story. I questioned everything brought up everything possible. I have to thank Mrs. Kuhns and Mrs. Good at Tilden Elementary for making me stop and admit that something just wasn’t right. They called my husband and had him get me from the school. Luckily he had just gotten to work that morning and hadn’t gone out on his route yet. He picked me up and we headed to St. Joe’s, where I was told that I had indeed suffered a stroke but that I was very lucky and entirely too young to have had one. Once I was situated in a room for my hospital stay, they began running all sorts of test. With each passing day, the tests came back that everything was good. My blood work was a little off but nothing to be concerned about. My memory and speech were off. It was so frustrating not to be able to find the words that I wanted to say or to be able to recall things that happened. I was in the hospital for a total of a week, having every type of test done to see why I had a stroke, what caused it, when I left I still had no answers. I have been going to doctors since May of last year trying to find out what happened; finally, in March of 2016, I got the answers that I was looking for, the cause of my stroke. It was caused by a burst blood clot in my brain, the area of the brain that controls speech and motor functions. It is called a stenosis, which means a narrowing, in my case, it is a narrowing of the artery in my brain.  Now that is not really what I wanted to hear at 41, but it is what I am dealing with.  Today, I sit back and think of everything that we take for granted; all the little things that we do on a daily basis and not even bat an eye. To see how fast it can all be taken away. It has been a little over a year since I had my stroke and I still have trouble with my memory, my cognitive learning, and my speech at times, but by the grace of God, I am here to be able to share my story and hopefully help someone else.  Having something like this happen opens your eyes to the bigger picture. It makes you stop and think am I doing the right things in my life. What changes need to be made to make sure that this won’t happen to me?

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