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MariaGee2020, March 11,  2021  4:06pm EST

Work In progress

So I had my stroke in Nov 2020. I was at work chatting away with one of the customers when I became aware that the customer couldn't understand me. The more I spoke, the more my speech became slurred. I owe my recovery to Divine Intervention and my husband's decision to order a very large bag of dog food! Un be known to myself my husband had ordered a very large bag of dog food which turned unexpectedly the same day.He brought the bag inside once delivered, was then undecided about whether to take it downstairs to the basement (Where my home office is), but felt he heard a voice telling him to do it straight away. At that same moment was when I had begun to slur my words. I coul hear him talking but could not respond. By the grace of God he recognized what was happening to me and called 911. Before I knew it I was on a stretcher being taken to the hospital ICU. On waking the next day I was paralyzed down the left side. Spent a week there before being transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Edison, N J. I underwent an intense rehab schedule for 3 weeks. Day by day I began to see small miracles of recovery.  3 weeks later I was able to leave the rehabilitation on crutches.  Grateful to be back home with my family, I gained enough confidence  to try walking without the crutches. My biggest challenges in the early days were my loss of control emotionally It wasn't until I had my 1st review with my doctor that Ischemic strokes can affect the area of the brain that controls emotions. That help me explain to my family why I was in tears even when I wasn't feeling sad. She prescribed  low level anti depression medication which did help a lot.. Fast forward to today I'm back at work but still continuing my therapies twice a week.

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    AHAModerator, March 11,  2021  5:28pm EST

    Hello there, 

    Thank you for sharing your story! We are glad you are here and we hope that you find a sense of community and support. We are so happy to hear you are back at work but still continuing your therapies. Continue to get stronger!

    Please keep us updated on how you are doing in your recovery. 


    AHA Moderator 

  • axnr911
    axnr911, March 11,  2021  7:30pm EST

    MariaGee- You are doing amazingly well, to be back at work after only a few months.  It has been 2 1/2 yrs since my stroke(paralyzed on left side) and I don't think I'd be up to putting in a full day at work. (I am 76) I do, however walk a mile every day and play the ukelele.  So I am very blessed.  Though I have my functioning back, thankfully, I am still working on building up stamina and dealing with fatigue.  Glad to have you make contact.  It really helps others to hear other people.'s stories.  Good luck to you! Love, Jeanne

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