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Hi there. I'm new to stroke experience as if 12 Aug 19, it will be one week tomorrow that I woke up and could not speak properly, then discovered other signs of impairment. I waited a couple of days then had to go to the ER and was diagnosed with an ischemic stroke primarily left sided.
Just want to interject I used to touch-type accurately around 100wpm. No longer, just to get to here has taken 10+ minutes, so frustrating!
That's my intro. I'm in the Denver, CO area, howdy! *smile*
Matthew1, August 19, 2019 6:29pm EST
Thank you for reaching out. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. I am also a stroke survivor so there’s no need to ever apologize for taking extra time to complete tasks. The important thing is that YOU DID IT!! All milestones are reason to be proud. I assume you’re in therapy. If so, work hard each day and celebrate all milestones. Be patient. Recovery can take a long time. My advice would be to work as hard as you can to be the best YOU that you can be. There are millions of people who are rooting for you!!!!!!!!!!
AdminJack, August 19, 2019 7:07pm EST
This is my first exploration of recovery options so, no, not in therapy as of yet. Besides learning heaps of humility, this is the first crisis of independence, meaning not being able to 'fake' being "normal".
I'm feeling a lot of new things and don't know what to do with them, I feel rather overwhelmed a lot, sorry for the bad diction.
Matthew1, August 19, 2019 7:24pm EST
I understand. If you can, contact clinics that provide therapy for stroke survivors as soon as you can. It’s important to begin and get the recovery process moving. If you’re in a hospital, ask them to help find you a clinic thats convenient for you. Remember, it’s completley normal to have many different feelings. Perhaps talking to a therapist or social worker can help sort out your feelings.
jcort01, October 3, 2019 2:34pm EST
HI, I had a similar experience on the exact same day, August 12, 2019 I was letting my dog outside and my right hand went completely numb. It lasted about a minute then I was unable to speak. I tried calling my dog in the house (I was on my way to work) and i couldn't get any words out. I walked upstairs and called my neighbor, fortunately he knew it was me by the number and he called 911. Paramedics were in my kitchen within 10 minutes of all this happening and I was admitted into the hospital. They ran all the tests and cannot find where the clot came from. They told me because I acted so quickly there was minimal damage but they did find evidence of a prior stroke, a very large one across the back of my brain. This one left a tiny enfark on the left side, doctors are concerned now about prevention and say I am a prime candidate for another stroke to come! All of this is so overwhelming, thanks for listening.
Kvee73, October 8, 2019 1:11pm EST
Hi, although it has been over 2 years, I woke up like you did, unable to speak and right arm weak. I still struggle with a lot of things. Many people say they wouldn't know I had a stroke. Sometimes that makes feel feel good that it is not obvious, however it can also frustrate me, that they don't know how I struggle.