Living with TIA
It's coming up on a year now since my Transient Ischemic Attack. I remember having severe headaches for about a week thinking allergies or over tired. After about 5 days I went to the ER thinking they too were going to tell me that it's allergies and prescribe medication. The doctor and nurse both came in the room and I just had a feeling of dread; they began to tell me they were transferring me to Yale New Haven Hospital by ambulance as the scan showed an aneurysm on my brain and the TIA with 90% blockage on the right side of my neck. Panic sunk in, was I going to make it? Was this the end? I spent the next 4 days in the hospital but on that 4th day I began to feel weak on the right side and unable to comprehend what people were saying to me. I was put on blood thinners along with blood pressure meds and sent home. I was lucky enough to have a husband at home to care for me; but thought now what? My comprehension didn't return immediately and my right side felt so weak I could barely write or lift my arm. Feeling alone, scared and not knowing what to do; I started reading through the material the hospital gave me for stroke and heart attack patients - which is how I found this site along with a support group on Facebook. Fast forward while the strength (not 100%) has returned to my right I still am getting random and painful headaches in various parts on the right side of head and in the neck. I am afraid to return to Cross Fit excercise so I walk when I am up to it. It's a day at a time for me and I'm learning from many others to help continue my journey.