I had a brainstem embolism in 1995. My chance of survival was said to be about 5%, but miraculously I beat the odds. I have all my faculties, but am afflicted with left hemisensory syndrome (altered response to pain, heat and cold on left side), a form of vertigo (some imbalance and clumsiness, and a strong feeling of disorientation and disconnection from the environment) plus constant tinnitus and occasional bouts of nausea/queasiness. I have had the best of medical care all along (apart from failure of the first doctor I saw immediately after the stroke, who missed the diagnosis and caused me to be too late for successful intervention).
Although I get through the days, and was able to complete my career and retire successfully, there has been, and is, no joy in my life. I never feel very well, and although I am not depressed (I had a period of severe depression when younger, and what I have now is nothing like that) I don't get much enjoyment from anything. My wife, bless her heart, has stayed with me even though I'm no fun to be with, so at least I have that to be thankful for. And, despite this gloom and doom, I have not lost my sense of humor.
My experience has been a walk in the park compared to what others here have suffered, for which I'm grateful. But I wonder if my symptoms sound familiar to anyone here, and if anybody has been able to achieve any kind of improvement.