This past Saturday, September 8, I suffered a stroke just before 9 a.m. I realized I was in trouble when I tried to go out onto the internet and I just could not remember the password to get onto my computer. I tried and tried to think of it, and tried to type what I thought might be the password, but had much difficulty attempting to type what I was thinking. I soon realized, I could not speak full sentences. I could only speak two or three words and then the words locked up inside me. I did not have trouble thinking the words I wanted to say, but I could not express them. I discovered when I tried to write a note, all I could do was make a straight line.
My husband realized what was happening to me, a thing called "expressive aphasia". His aunt had a stroke and this "expressive aphasia" along with being paralized on her right side was a permanent result of that stroke. My husband, Bill, asked if I wanted to go to the hospital. I said yes, and soon thereafter we were on our way to Emergency at Mankato-ISJ Hospital (Mankato, Minnesota).
About 20 minutes to get on the road, 30 minutes to Mankato, the initial questioning and diagnosis, then a CT Scan and yet all was done in time to administer a clot buster (TPA) through an IV feed. There is about a 3 hour window of time at the onset of a stroke that a clot buster can be used to possibly reverse the effects of a stroke. There is risk in using a TPA, a clot buster plows through the blood clot and dissolves it. I know with everything in me that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was right there with me taking care of me. Thank you Jesus! The clot buster worked.
Please take this to heart, if you believe you are having a stroke, get to a hospital as quickly as you possibly can. I am living proof that by doing so, you can abate and reverse the effects of a stroke.
I will continue sharing my story tomorrow.
My Dad had a stroke about fifteen years ago, and he's still going. He was left with a little weakness on one side, and a little expressive aphasia. I'm glad you got your stroke treated successfully! You just got a wake-up call, and now your situation's being actively managed. An excellent outcome!
glad you are on the road to recovery. my wife's uncle just had his 3rd stroke in the last few years. this previous one had something to do with his being off his meds and not taking care of himself. be blessed and have a great day
Thank God your husband spotted what was going on and immediately took action. Thank God we live in a day and time when medicines are available that can help God heal. Thank God through diligence, good medical action and power of God you are fine. Obviously there is much to be thankful for!!!!
Thank you Lord Jesus that my sister is okay! Thank you Lord Jesus that her husband took quick action in getting her to the hospital! Thank you Lord Jesus the Great Physician for her healing!!
revgenlink, I thank God the treatment worked and that no permanent damage was done. I pray that you continue to heal and that the condition that caused that stroke will be corrected.
Yours in Christ,
[quote] I know with everything in me that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was right there with me taking care of me. Thank you Jesus! The clot buster worked.[/quote]
Praise God for the clot buster, praise God for your husband's quick thinking and praise God for your healing!
Know that in my heart I thank you all for your comments and your kind and sincere words of encouragement. I have been praising, thanking, rejoicing and reflecting all week. I am rejoicing in the relationship I have with Jesus Christ.
Am so glad you are recovering .. it is that very relationship with Jesus Christ that maintains us and sustains us in every trial. Thank you for sharing this story with us. It helps us all to remember that the healer moves in very different ways, and we need His wisdom in all areas of life.
What a beautiful story; if it helps even one person to get help, it will be well worth it! I'm so glad that your husband recognized what was going on and you got there in time to get the TPA drug. God bless!