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There is no "right age" for a stroke
There is no "right age" for a stroke

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There is no "right age" for a stroke

My husband Dan suffered a stroke at the age of 29. Before this happened, I always assumed a stroke only happened to "old people." Boy, was I wrong!

On Sunday, March 18 at about 2:30 in the morning, my one-year-old daughter Molly got up with a tummy ache. My husband, Dan, and I both tried to get her back to sleep, but she was not having any part of it. Dan offered to rock her downstairs so I could get some sleep. Unfortunately, I couldn't fall back asleep, so I went downstairs at 3:15 am to relieve him of his duties. Dan went to sleep, Molly finally fell asleep, and I was wide awake. As any normal person would do, I got on Facebook while everyone else slept. At 4:30 a.m. Dan came downstairs talking "gibberish". I assumed he was looking for me and had just woken up from a deep sleep. I told him to get a drink of water and go back to bed. He did, but as I lay downstairs, I could hear Dan upstairs banging around. As I listened closer, I heard him call for me. I grabbed Molly and rushed upstairs. Dan was standing at the dresser trying to get a shirt out. I could tell by his speech and the lack of movement on his right side that something was seriously wrong. Dan was able to tell me that I needed to get him to the hospital. I asked if I needed to call 911 and he said yes.

At the Hospital

Because it was St Patrick's Day, the EMS team and hospital staff seemed to think that Dan was just another "intoxicated" person in the ER. I can't give you a time frame because my memory is shot, but they quickly realized that it was much more than just a drunk 29 year old. When all the test were finished, it was confirmed that Dan had had an ischemic stroke deep in the left side of his thalamus. Dan was admitted that morning into Baptist South Hospital.

Deficits from the Stroke

Because the stroke was on the left side of the brain, it cause damage to the right side of his body. The stroke caused Dan to lose all control of his right arm from the shoulder down to the fingers and has made walking a little more difficult. He also has some speech delays, but those are getting better every day!

Cause of the Stroke

TBD (Which is so frustrating!)

Outlook

The doctors are extremely optimistic that Dan will make a good recovery. He is young and determined—which are two of the most important things! He will be leaving the hospital and entering a live-in Rehabilitation Center (Brooke's Rehab). While he is there, he will be doing intensive Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. The length of his stay will depend on the rate of his recovery.

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. While in the ER, one of the nurses made a comment, she said it was really lucky we have a colic baby and that I was up. I sort of looked at her in shock and said "We don't have a colic baby, that was the first time she has woken up in the middle of the night in months." She then replied, "You're all very lucky then, because that probably saved your husband's life." I am not sure where this new road is going to take my family, but where ever it is, I am truly blessed that we are all on it together.

 

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