I am … a Survivor.
Hello everyone! 63 years old here, and on July 14 of 2015 I went to Wal-Mart with my 28 year old Son to buy groceries. Things were going well. I work in a newborn nursery as a full time R.N. The two of us were talking about not having Blue Bell ice cream any more in the Dallas area when suddenly I felt strange, as if I was in a dream. I remember he asked me if I was OK. Then, nothing. I woke up as the paramedics were rolling me into an emergency room, and one of them said I had had a seizure. I somehow knew I had a stroke. I could move everything, but I had severe vertigo and felt frequently like I was being launched into outer space. And my tongue was so swollen that I had trouble speaking clearly.
They did a CT scan which was nornal. But I gradually felt better after nausea medicine, and they kept me since they thought maybe I had developed epilepsy.
The next day they did an MRI which was normal except for a brand new ischemic stroke in the cerebellum. I could walk and move and my speech was improved as my tongue healed. OT, PT, and speech evals were normal. I am still being treated for seizures because my neurologist says you virtually never have a seizure because of a stroke in the cerebellum. I stayed home from work for 3 months, and I start back in two days! Still on Lipitor, blood pressure meds, blood thinners, and keppra.
I think I am the luckiest worman ever!