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Mark

January 12, 2011

I am ... A Survivor

I had my stroke about april 5th 2010. It was casused by a muscle tear in my shoulder, a clot travelled up and got stuck in my brain stem. It was monday morning I was at work, we were packing a box up with tools, I could hear everyone talking but all of the sudden I heard a pop in my ears and i didn't feel right. I walked over and grabbed 2 chairs I start shaking and a co-worker asked if i was ok, I said no and the shaking got worse and I feel to the ground. My co-workers ran to my side and i heard one of the guys run to call 911. The ambulance got there and I could hear them all but could not speak. They loaded me in the ambulance and I could hear them talking about where to go, after that i blacked out. A bunch of stuff happened when i was out. but i woke up the next day with tubes down me throat, I couldn't talk or move the left side of my body. I knew it was a stroke before anyone told me. That day my friend tom made a alphabet board so I could point out what I wanted to say. After three days they moved me up to a observation room. I spent about a day there until I moved to the rehab room. I started with my thearpist that monday they were all great and I still talk to all of them now. I had speech, PT, OT, and RT. They were so nice that they let me come down when it wasnt my time and work on stretching and standing. I tried to take advantage of this while I could. I spent 2 months in the hospital and by the end of it I could walk using the help of a walker. After I got home, it was still summer, so I would walk to the pool everyday and do what I could in there. Just to skip its been 8 months I can walk without anything almost run, my life has almost return to normal, other than medical bills. Even when I was in the hospital I would get day passes and go to movies in my wheelchair, dinner whatever I never felt sorry for myself

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