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12/28/13 hospital journey


Tempiibc

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at 9 pm i was helping my younger daughter with her science project and then i noticed my fingers moving slower. i looked at my hand like what is wrong with my hand. my daughter then was trying to hand me the laptop and i could not take it from her. i then decided to try to get up from the bed. it took about ten minutes to get up with a lot of difficulty. once up i could not walk. i called my other daughter to get me back to bed. the older daughter started screaming. i called my aunt on the telephone and told her i was having a stroke. she said no your not. she said she is going home and then she will call me. she lives 25 miles away and is 78 years old. i hang up from her and think maybe she is right. i am too young to have a stroke. so maybe it is my imagination. i then try to move my arm and leg and cant move them. it seemed that time was in slow motion. i then called another person and was crying telling the person i am having a stroke. my oldest daughter is running around my room screaming. the baby daughter was in shock and went into her room.

the person on the telephone told me to hang up. my oldest is calling 911 and screaming my mother is dying. i thought to myself what is going. a call came in and was nurse on the phone trying to keep me calm. she is the goddaughter of the person i just spoke to earlier. as she was talking the ambulance attended were there and the police. the attendants ask about my symptoms and then called the hospital and said i had a stroke. i then started screaming realizing i am really having a stroke. one guy was telling to stop screaming or i would have another stroke. then they were trying get me out of the bed from one side to another. i was on satin sheets and kept sliding for few minutes and then the stretcher. the hospital was one block away. when i got to the hospital it was 920. i was immediately bought into a room and they started with IV. the nurse asked the ems why did it take them so long. he said we couldn't get her out of the bed because of her sheets. i have now thrown those sheets out back to cotton. i am laying on the bed and then an old man comes in the room and said he is the neurologist. he asked me to touch his finger and i couldn't and could not lift my leg. he then asked me about the timeline. it was then 945. sent me for cat scan and it was clear. he said i was in the midst of the stroke. he told the nurses to put two more IVs on my hands and that really hurt. at 1010 the tpa was administered. the dr

came back again and ask me to touch his finger and i could not. he then told me that i had to be moved to the bronx to a stroke ICU. back into an ambulance and to the bronx.

got to the emergency room and layed for a couple of hours waiting for a bed. finally to my room and i am hooked up to machines and someone asking me questions every hour shining a light into my eyes. my oldest daughter was with me the whole time. for the next couple days i can barely move and had to have someone take care of my every need.

 

 

i had my ipad with me. being able to communicate gave me comfort and encourage especially the first 48 hours

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December 28, 2013 near New Rochelle, NY

 

I'm hospital

 

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December 28, 2013

 

Had a stroke — at Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester.

 

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December 29, 2013 near New York, NY

 

Stroke somewhat mild. Right side motor involvement leg hand fingers

Cognition intact

So I will be back teaching

And grading hard with one hand


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    December 30, 2013 near New York, NY
     
    Ok my progress ot evaluation got out of the bed to sit in a chair. I walked to the bathroom three times with assistance

     
     
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    December 30, 2013 near New York, NY


     

     
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    Crazy roommate in hospital. He said he was cold and I said I was hot and he said you weigh 300 lbs that's why you are hot. Even though I can't walk I was trying to get out the bed the nurse stopped me
     
     
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    December 31, 2013 near New York, NY
     
    Interesting day the social worker and a doctor tried to give me a few hours notice today to go to rehab today. They ganged up on me and I told the doctor to get out of my room after she would not listen to reason. Anyway I was assigned a new social worker because the old one was scared of me. I will be leaving on Thursday morning. I found out as I was filing a complaint that patients are suppose to give 24 hours notice. Crazy Man left and a new nonverbal patient
     
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    January 2 near New York, NY
     
    First day at rehab. It was very hard to move my hand and I was sweating to just a little. The rehab physician said that if I had not had TPA the stroke would have been much worse.
    Ischemic stroke.
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    January 3 near New York, NY

    Scored 100 on all areas of speech and language evaluation

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January 5 near New York, NY · Edited

 

I had three hours of physical and occupational therapy before 12. I was feeling down and cried for the next half hour, then I was exhausted and went to sleep for a couple hours, my aunt, uncle and Ayana

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January 6 near New York, NY

Had my three hours of therapy

Walked unaided for few steps able to move my finger

 

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January 7 near New York, NY

 

From wheelchair to walker and now a cane.

 

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January 10 near New York, NY

 

Making progress everyday. Much more movement with my right arm for gross motor. Fine motor is still impaired. Occupational therapists rock. They use my left arm to activate the right.

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January 12

Thankful to begin a new week. Hoping to be home on TuesdayTuG4YchV8kb.pngfeelingblessed at ALBERT EINSTEIN HOS

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Thanks for posting Tempii. It's always good to see others on their stroke journeys. We are all in the same boat here. Best of luck in your recovery.

 

Julie

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Hi Tempii,

 

Interesting story! Happy you posted this, it is always neat to read other people's stories. Guess misery loves company! No, actually it is "comfortable" to read other stroke stories, something when you start reading, and then it's like--oh my that sounds just like me, etc...

 

I think it is very therapeutic for me to share my story and write it down. Btw--enjoyed your video the other day on FB--would love to see more! :)

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hi everyone

 

tina i have another video on february 23- i can see the progress. someone asked me why were you moving so slow, i told them because i am concentrating so hard. your video is great.

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Tempii: Interesting journal. I often wonder what Bruce was thinking in those early days/months. Thank you for the insight. Debbie

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