"The healthiest Woman in Town'I'm a 53 year old College Professor, I teach Nutrition and yoga. I also rode my bike over 2000 miles in 2016. Because of this, our small town( Miami , Oklahoma) was shocked to hear that "Donna Hale had a stroke". On January 19th 2017, I taught a yoga class, returned home and suffered an ischemic stroke. I didn't realize what was happening until I spoke outloud and recognized "stroke voice". The clot lodged in my right MCA. My husband was out of town (3 hours away). I fell 15 feet from my phone, it took me approximately 15 minutes to army crawl and roll to my phone. The campus police arrived with the EMT's shortly after that. Our home is 1 hour from the nearest stroke center. Our local ER administered the TPA within an hour and sent me by ambulance to Tulsa Oklahoma. In Tulsa, they immediately performed a successful thrombectomy. I had hemipelegia, reduced vision and dysphasia. It is due to my pre-stroke health and the timing of my treatment that 12 weeks later I am recovering well. I spent 10 days in the stroke center and 21 days in a rehab facility. Both facilities were top notch and the care that I received was first rate. However, 12 weeks ago I could not imagine that I would be able to walk or use the computer. I experienced depression and many set backs. I am now back to teaching nutrition 3 days a week. I am doing yoga but, I am not able to teach it yet. I was also able to get back on my bike this week and ride slowly around the neighborhood. I still have left side weakness and balance issues. I also experience daily fatigue. As a Fitness instructor, the fatigue is the most frustrating of my symptoms.
One of the most positive outcomes of my stroke is that our local clinics have been bombarded with people wanting to be screened for stroke risks.