reply to post by Doc Velocity
I had a stroke that nearly killed me when I was 40 years old,I didn't smoke,excersised almost every day vigorously training for off-road bicycle
races.....ate a healthy diet.
I was washing dishes,reaching up to place the detergent onto the window sill above the sink.I got a strange sensation as I reached up,it felt as if
someone had placed a rubber band around my right forearm,then I suddenly did not feel like doing dishes,like it was the last thing in the world I
wanted to do.
I wandered around the house for a bit,so confused that I had no idea I was confused,a jumble in my mind,I decided to walk my dogs because they were
watching me very intently,almost acting kinda panicky.
I saw their anxiety as needing to go outside,but I think they knew something was up,I hooked them up and wandered outside with them.
It was january in wisconsin,cold and snowy,but I didn't feel it,and I was in jeans and a t-shirt because I forgot to put on my jacket.
I lived in a small town,and it being mid-week in the winter,there was not much activity,the town was in hibernation as I went further from my house in
the cold,wandering around with my dogs on a leash.
I noticed my dogs were a ways in front of me,I had dropped the leash because my right arm had stopped working,they stopped and waited for me when they
would normally have been headed for the hills,they were just standing there looking at me.I walked toward them and noticed I was dragging my right
leg,and thought to myself,gosh,I must be really tired,caught up to them,took the leash,immediately dropped it again,and thought again how tired I
The dogs led me back home,I just followed them,I felt like I was drunk,I wasn't cold,wasn't scared,I was just kind of stupidly,unthinkingly
oblivious to everything.....
I got into the house,fumbled around for awhile,and had to urinate,so I went to the bathroom where my wife was getting ready to go to her 3rd shift job
at the hospital as an RN.
I was fumbling around trying to unzip my pants with my non-functional right hand and arm,and my wife asked me what was wrong.It was then that she saw
that I couldn't even talk,and immediately knew there was a problem.
I was in the hospital for several weeks,but recovered and returned to work two months later.
Things have never been the same since then,it is the most un-nerving sensation to no longer trust your body after taking it for granted for one's
entire life,like most do.
There is no complete recovery from such an event,even though the experts say I recovered completely I can still feel the effects from it 10 years
My dogs were the ones who saved me,and I have since buried them.
I would have sat down and frozen to death if they had not led me home to my wife,who knew the signs and symptoms of the event I was experiencing.
I can relate to your experience,good luck,and good health to you in the future.
My stroke was a reaction to an injection of radio-opaque dye,it was used to visualize a suspected ACL tear in my right knee the afternoon before the
The doctors told me that there was absolutely no way it was what caused the reaction.
A combination of mis-place/lost records,and stalling,and my still being stupid from the event allowed the statutes of limitation to run out.
Ain't that Quaint?.
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