July 24, 2014 – I had my acute pontine stroke this day. I really thought it was my inner ear messing with me and put off going to the hospital for at least 1.5 hours. When I did finally go, they thought it was a bad migraine (long history of headaches) but I argued it was not. I finally convinced them to take the chance and give me tPA.
The type of stroke I have is in the area of the brain that controls blood pressure and oxygen. From the reading I have done, the survival rate is 22%. Each stroke is completely different on each individual. I had to learn how to walk again, but still have issues with doing that. I tire easily still especially after a large social gathering. I have pain 24/7. I do not feel my forehead or right side of my face or hand. I feel very blessed that they were able to get me to use my hand again the best I can to create.
When this date comes, I do feel sadness. Yet, I feel very thankful. Thankful that the Lord gave me a second chance to live. Each day is a blessing. Do not forget that.
Please be familiar with the stroke slogan above. You may save a life by knowing the warning signs. Thank you for reading this!