What happened next?
A picture speaks a 1000 words
Knowing my wife’s fascination with photos, I fumbled to take a picture of my scraped, scarred, muddy legs…texted it to her and waited! Next news- hallelujah – She’d left the club and was on her way to get me!
On her insistence, but against my will, we were on our way to A&E.
But I was still very much in denial and played down my symptoms, determined to complete positively all the tests. 5 hours later at a busy, overstretched time of day, I was sent home with the information that was music to my ears – that based on what I’d told them about my condition and treatment, I had probably feinted! Relief!
We went home and I rested up. But later that evening, at 9 pm, I woke up and staggered about like a legless lump! This was my worst nightmare. However, as all those who know me will tell you, I can be stubborn so I insisted to my wife that it was the effect of the meds and I would be able to sleep this off and would she please get me to bed. How I struggled to get up those stairs! What a joy to finally make it to bed!!
As the night progressed my balance, coordination and strength left my body. Help! My body is going into lock down. Yet again my wife was woken abruptly to my screams!! And cries of despair.
We staggered and bum shuffled down stairs and called Christie’s hotline. We were advised to dial 999 immediately. Which we did. We had 20 minutes to prepare! At 5am! Thankfully, my folks too are early risers and they were round to look after our son!
The power of mind! Stand up eight!
My wife was getting my things together. But not always the right things!
It was amazing! One minute I was really struggling, the next, the wrong socks and jumper were the motivation I needed to make me stand and get myself upstairs.
If the mind is willing the body is able!
Upon arriving at the hospital I was immediately admitted. I underwent a CT scan and was then informed I’d had at least 6 TIAs.
What to Know About a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or Mini-Stroke
A TIA, or mini-stroke, occurs when there’s a temporary lack of blood flow to a part of the brain. The disruption in blood supply results in a lack of oxygen to the brain which can cause sudden symptoms similar to a stroke, such as speech and visual disturbance, and numbness or weakness in the face, arms and legs.
While a stroke will cause permanent brain damage (although varying levels of recovery are possible with ongoing treatment and support), a TIA does not cause permanent damage. The effects can last a few minutes to a few hours and will fully resolve within 24 hours.
In the early stages of a TIA, it’s not always possible to tell whether you’re having a TIA or a full stroke.
Don’t do what I did and wait It’s important to call 999 immediately.
I was admitted yet again for another 3 night stay in hospital. This time I was tested to the hilt and, other than having high total cholesterol, everything was clear. After successfully completing a full battery of test, my recovery was pretty comprehensive and was free to go home!
However for the first time in my life I was scared and nervous!! What happens if?!
I love pushing myself ! How strong is my body? Those tiny little blood vessels!
Yet again I was back at the start – having to take tiny steps forwards! However, tiny steps started to lengthen and after 3 weeks, I must admit, I did have a “fuck it” moment – trained hard with weights – pushed myself to my limits and thought “If your going to go, go now!!
The journey continues here, albeit like a donkey chasing a carrot on a stick!