Just watch out for the symptoms guys in yourself and your loved ones. Its terrifying.
OK, thanks. Now here's my husband's double stroke story, with some insights on this issue.
We had been at Homo Depot one morning, he was fine. And he went up to our condo, while I stayed fussing around with the car. A few minutes later my cell phone rang, and his voice was all distorted. I raced upstairs.
He was on the floor with his right side non-responsive. His speech was barely understandable. He had managed to grab his cell phone to call me.
I instantly knew what it was, and dialed 911 to tell them this was a stroke patient. The EMS arrived within 5 minutes. I swear I could hear the siren coming as I was putting my phone back in my pocket, the station is walking distance.
At the ER the doctors asked me when the stroke had hit. It was critical to know, because they have different treatment protocols, depending on the timeline. If the patient arrives within the "golden hour" they can use more aggressive treatment.
I was puzzled at first, and then I remembered my cell phone. I showed the doctor when I got his call in my phone history, which was 5 minutes after he went upstairs. And when I called 911 after another 5 minutes. And fortunately the EMS arrived quickly, as evidenced by his now already being in the ER.
The doctor said great, they rarely get that kind of hard confirmation of the stroke timeline. It was only 40 minutes at that point. They could use more aggressive treatment.
In the next hour he started to recover. He was coming out of it. And then he had another stroke, right in front of me. I called for the doctors.
They worked on him, and brought him into the ICU. But he rallied again. Subsequent MRI scans showed he had 2 large clots in his brain. These were not TIAs, but major strokes. But they were dissolved quickly, before permanent damage happened.
The second one cleared, too, and a week later he left the hospital under his own power. And today at 81 he has no residuals. No mobility issues, no speech issues, no droopy face, nothing. He's like he was before the strokes ever hit him.
Of course I'm totally evil, and when we talk to others about this, I'll say: "Any speech impediment you hear today is because he's an Italian from Boston".
The important message is that strokes are not always the permanently debilitating condition commonly assumed, subject to the variables of how massive they are and where they strike. Quick detection and treatment can result in no lasting residuals at all. Even in someone as old as my husband. Yet another good reason to live with a guy, who'll be your Guardian Angel, as you will be his.