|word of the week|STROKE | LarabeeUK

|word of the week|STROKE

Sunday 1 March was supposed to be a day of celebration for us, we were supposed to be going to The Hubs brothers for afternoon tea to celebrate our niece's18th, it didn't quite turn out that way.  The Hubs worked in the morning for about 4 hours and came home high spirited but did mention that something 'funny' happened to him just as he was about to leave work, he felt pins and needles from his hip up to his head and down his arm, no pain just intense pins and needles, he drove home but on the journey he tried to put down the electric widows and found he was unable to as his arm by that time was completely numb.  At the time he was describing all this to me (about 1 hour - 1 hour 15 mins later) he described his arm as now feeling like he had a 'dead-arm' and kept trying to shake it to get the blood flowing.  Within half an hour he tried to talk to me and couldn't, after a couple of attempts I could see from his eyes something was very wrong, I gave him a pen and paper but he couldn't write down what he wanted to communicate either.  I called 999 a little unsure if I was over-reacting ad wondering if it was the correct thing to do, I was assured by the operator that it was.

As I suspected, I was advised that it sounded as though he had had a stroke.

I'll spare you the full story but it transpires that he had in fact had a T.I.A. - a mini-stroke.  He's 44, goes to the gym 3 times a week, plays football twice a week, does not smoke and has a BMI of 25.9.  He does like a beer, has a moderate level of stress and only slightly over indulges in food.  We simply didn't see this coming!

Luckily for him, his speech returned within 4 hours and the numbness disappeared within 24, so physically thankfully he's back to 'normal'.

The hospital stressed many times that it's so important to get stroke victims into hospital straight away, The Hubs has had a CT scan, MRI scan, ultrasounds, ECG and cardiogram all coming back as clear, the fact is it can happen to anyone, any age, any gender and any fitness with no apparent reason. 

My dad had a stroke 3 years ago so I knew some of the signs but if you are in any doubt, here's a link to The Stroke Org as it's something we all need to be aware of.

I have been mulling over whether to write this post all week, but as this is something which one way or another is going to be life changing for us, I thought it only fair to tell you as I'm sure you will notice slight changes on my social media. Although at the moment, we're not quite clear of the impact on our lives or what changes will have to be made to prevent a repeat or more serious stroke.  Although we are expecting less alcohol, more relaxation, less stress and a healthier lifestyle in general ;)

It's quite a positive outcome for us but others are not so lucky.  Almost a week later I'm feeling very relieved right now.

The Reading Residence