Scary stuff - Transient Global Amnesia (TGA)
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
We were doing some shopping yesterday. We split up in order to get it over with (we both dislike shopping) and planned to meet up at a certain time and location. I was finishing up with the last item on my list when my cell phone rang. "Where are you?" DH wanted to know. I told him and expected to see him coming around the corner..... but after a few minutes, no sight of him.
I called him "Where are you?"
"I don't know" he replied.
Well, neither did I. We were in a big store but he couldn't focus on anything around him to tell me his location, which department of the store he was in, what type of merchandise was on the shelves around him. Nothing.
I'm so thankful that we had our cell phones on us. I spent 10 minutes talking with him, running back and forth in the aisles trying to find him. Only after I asked him to give his phone to a passerby was I able to locate him.
He looked like a deer in the headlights - confused, frightened, no .... terrified. He was sweating profusely. He didn't know where he was (which store) how we got there, nothing about the past few minutes.
Fast forward to the ER where he was probed and prodded and scanned. Dr said the results were as good as an 18 year old. No trace of cardiac or neurologic trauma (heart attack, stroke, TIA, etc). that's when he told us about TGA - transient global amnesia.
From what we can tell, it seems to be a neurological manifestation similar to a migraine. Or, as the Dr told us, a migraine is a neurological episode that most commonly manifests itself as a headache, when in fact there are a number of other manifestations (such as TGA) that are not noticed, reported or diagnosed.
DH is still feeling a bit unsettled about the experience, but other than that, VERY thankful to be safe at home.
Although TGA reoccurrences are not common, we've talked about how best to handle another episode, just in case.
I am SOOOOO thankful . . . having him home and healthy is ALL I want for Christmas.