Aug 16
deverij
deverij , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

2 strokes, 3 days apart - 3 years ago

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I walked out of the hospital on my own 2 legs without assistance on May 3, 2015 following evaluation of 2 Ischemic strokes 3 days apart.  I now celebrate May 3rd as my birthday, I love spring better than fall anyway.

On Sunday evening April 28 I felt dizzy and had to slide down against a big round bale of hay to keep from falling over.  The dizziness passed, someone walked with me to my house and I just thought I had experienced a side effect of a combination of presciption medication I had been on and having an alcoholic beverage.  On Wednesday May 1 I was working my normal shift and when I came in from taking the dog out on break I was blasted with the 2nd stroke.  I thought I had a severe case of vertigo.  My room mate did what she could to help and I went to bed.  The next morning I decided since Sunday was bad and Wednesday was a lot worse, maybe I should go to the hospital.

After May 3rd I changed my lifestyle, my eating habits and added a regimen of Essential Oils treatment to improve my health.

Today I drive, ride bicycles, run and ride my therapy horse regularly.  I'm still careful about things like roller coasters (no) which I used to love to ride.  Other than extreme sports life has returned to a new normal for me.

I was 50 when I had my strokes.  Far too young, but I learned after that stroke is far more common and increasing than I ever would have guessed.

To the survivors - live today and live the best life you are able to.  Eat well, exercise and be thankful you were given another chance at life.

I

2 Comments
  • Spooky75
    Spooky75,

    "To the survivors - live today and live the best life you are able to.  Eat well, exercise and be thankful you were given another chance at life."

    I LOVE that advice! I had a stroke 7 weeks ago. I'm only 42. Every day, I wake up and feel grateful to be alive! I won't say that I'm grateful to have had the stroke, but I'll say that it has changed my perspective on what's truly important, and what I can choose not to focus my energy on. I'm sure a lot of survivors would say the same. 

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • yarn007
    yarn007,

    Agree great advice.   Keep up the good fight dever and spooky!  Being a survivor sure isn't easy, but like Spooky says it definitely gives you perspective.   

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