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How do you know it's a stroke?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wow I had a trying weekend. My husband ended up in the hospital - he had slurred speech, drooping on his right side, and other cognitive issues.
We called emergency - who were there right away - and he was taken to a small hospital near by. They transferred him to the bigger one after he was stabilized. We were there for 4 days and he had lots of tests. The final results said he had a TIA. It must have been a big one - because he sure had lots of care. Everyone was great at the hospital - the only issue now is: What caused it? Everything came out normal - or so they say. He is weak, stumbles when he walks, and has trouble writing. Guess I'm going to watch him very closely. What a scare!
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    One thing I learned when my husband had a stroke from taking a Killer arthritis medicene: If he cannot answer you - call the ambulance and have them meet you in route to an identifiable area/address if you are to far out or away from the hospital. The ambulance personnel can start administering medications and other things faster and your loved one will get into the hospital faster and looked at by ambulance. Don't allow anyone to push you around, your husband's life (or loved one) is depending on you. Don't ever back down if what you are asking is within reason. Use your common sense/instinks(haha cannot spell) - always. Just because a Doctor says - what do you want me to do - tell him. Give him the stroke medicene because you were told it had to be administered within 3 hours and it will lesson the stroke results. If the Doctor doesn't know this, DO NOT be afraid to call an ambulance and move your loved one to a different hospital that WILL listen to you. (Now if the Doctor says he cannot administer the meds it will because the loved one isn't having one bad enough to give it to him, this medicene is strong and can work the opposite way if you are wrong and he isn't having a stroke. They are proffessional, but make sure if your husband doesn't know you or gives you a blank stare - it's probably some kind of stroke.)

    Never be afraid to stand up for your loved one if you think they are not getting the proper care! You are paying for them to do the best they can, give them a chance but if you see them do things that isn't right - stop them.)

    My mother-in-law had a heart condition with her pace maker and she had a artial blood clot in her left arm, a CNA/CMA came in and started to take the blood pressure in her left arm because the right one had an IV in it. The nurse had not got back with the sign to put up above my M-i-L(mother-in-law) and so the nurse aid was doing what she just did to the previous patient. I heard the machine come on to start pumping up her arm, turned around and without even thinking, yanked off the blood pressure cuff and told her that MIL had an arterial blood clot - she said, there isn't a sign above her I didn't know. It could of killed my MIL. The nurse came in and apologized to us and the CNA who was shook, I am sure I looked mean.

    Love Sweet - (really - not always mean.) ~grins~ emoticon
    2811 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2011 2:40:15 PM
    very scary to go through I had a small stoke not a TIA 2 years ago. It will take time to recover. So glad that he is all right and it wasn't a full blown stroke. Did they put him on anything as a preventative measure from having another one or a stroke in the future. I have to take 325mg of aspirin everyday to thin my blood.
    2836 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/14/2011 6:09:07 PM
  • JESS0107
    Bless your heart!! I will be keeping both of you in my prayers and that the doctors can find something out for you soon!!!
    2836 days ago
    So glad he's alright! Please make certain he follows up w/his doctor...

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    2837 days ago
    I'm glad you got help quickly and that he's back home. As everyone has said, make sure he follows doctor's orders, but also make sure you don't forget to take care of yourself in all this worry!
    2837 days ago
    I'm glad your husband is home, and hopefully you both are following dr's orders. Recovery from a stroke can take awhile, so I hope (pray) he does not get discouraged with the things that aren't yet 'right'.
    2837 days ago
    It is so scary when our loved ones are suddenly facing a crisis. Glad you are sure he does as the doctor instructed. God bless both of you.
    2837 days ago
  • GATOR12
    Agree with Kathy. TIA is abbreviations for long name but bottom line is "mini-stroke" and as you say, it must have been a bigger one since he had the residual of weakness, mouth drooping etc. I am a nurse & work in hospital on a physical rehab floor. We have many stroke patients and they often have lots of defits to recover from including weakness, swallowing problems even the mental changes and talking problems you discussed. Always err to side of safety and take anyone with any of those symptoms to E.R. as quickly as possible. Take med as prescribed and keep f/up appts.
    2837 days ago
    Really interesting topic! My husband has had at least 5 TIAs in the past 8 years and is on Plavix. What I don't know is when he should go to emergency. I know that there is a drug which can often reduce the effects of a stroke if taken in time (3 1/2 hours, I believe), and yet when I took him to emergency after one TIA, the doctor was really cranky, and said, "well what do you expect me to do... he's already on Plavix". Now he does't want to go to emergency, in case the same doctor is there, or another one who will treat us the same way, whereas I'm afraid of ignoring something developes into a full-blown stroke! Any advice would really be appreciated.
    Gail, small town in Southern Ontario emoticon
    2837 days ago
    A TIA is basically a wake-up call, a sort of "mini-stroke" caused by an interrupted flow of blood to some area of the brain-- and often, even if dealt with in a competent manner, can be the precursor to a full-blown stroke. PLEASE m'dear, make sure your hubby makes and keeps his follow-up appointments! There are things the doctors can do to help...

    My mother had a major stroke five years before she died, and was having TIAs on a weekly basis the last few months before an infection set in and took her life.

    I never advocate worrying over things you cannot help--this, you need to follow through on your concerns, for both your sakes!

    Keep us posted, dear, you have our thoughts and prayers...
    Kathy emoticon emoticon
    2837 days ago
  • CARM1401
    I received this email, and when I read your blog I thought I would share it with you.

    Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

    STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters..... S. T. R..


    During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ......she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

    They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

    Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

    It only takes a minute to read this.

    A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


    Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and Learn!

    Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

    Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

    S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

    T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)

    (i.e. It is sunny out today.)

    R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

    If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

    New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

    NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

    2837 days ago
    How scary! I am glad to hear he is home and doing ok.
    2837 days ago
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