Just found this site this morning and happy to have found it.
After reading so many stories from others on here, I realize how lucky I am that my stroke was no worse than it was. To me it was bad enough but easier than so many others.
My problems actually started on 03/10/2018, which was on a Saturday. From the time I got up in the morning, my equilibrium was in bad shape. My wife noticed that I was walking around like a drunk and asked me why, but I just figured I was tired. I made it through most of the day, but in the afternoon I fell in the hall. The cold air return for the AC is in the wall and when I fell, my arm slid down that and did a bad skin tear which did a lot of bleeding which scared my wife so bad that she called the ambulance. They brought me to the ER where they fixed my arm, did some tests and sent me home. I made it through Sunday alright and on Monday my wife went to work as usual.
By Monday afternoon I was talking to my daughter on the phone. She lives in New Hampshire and I live in Florida. She said I was slurring my words but I disagreed with her and told her not to worry, but she did not listen to me and within a few minutes, a firetruck and an ambulance pulled up in front of my house. I argued that I was alright,and they said no, I was having a stroke so back to the hospital I went. The paramedics steadied me walking down three steps off my porch to the ambulance.
I was admitted to the stroke ward and by the next day I could not move my left arm or leg. An MRI showed a clot in the PONS of my brain. Never heard of it. That was on March 13th. March 15th was my 70th birthday. The hospital would not even let me have any birthday cake. How rude.
On the 18th, I was transferred to rehab where they did a great job of getting my arm and leg working again.
I was released from rehab on April 11th. When I left they said the insurance would pay for either a walker or wheelchair so which did I want. I told them I would be alright with just a cane and that is what I use. While in the house I forget where I left it most of the time and do not use it. When I go outside I take it with me as a precaution.
I have good days and bad with my left leg. I can walk but not 100%. The left arm and hand are getting there and I can now scratch my left ear without putting my right eye out which I look at as a plus. The one problem that I really hate is being so jumpy now. I have always been easily startled but is about 3 times worse since the stroke. Drinking hot coffee during these bad Florida thunder storms is a real treat.
I still count my blessings as I know it could have been a whole lot worse.