Tuesday, March 11, 2008

How I Got to Be Me -- Stricken

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  1. Kay, you were truly lucky to have survived that. How old were you at the time? You also seemed to have responded more quickly than some do, which is great. Thanks for sharing your story with us; I look forward to the rest of the parts.

  2. Oh, Kay, this must be so difficult to recall and then to write down. Your writing, by the way, is very compelling. There's a book here, I think. And I awit the next chapter as well. What a survivor you are. Did you ditch the brace quickly? Do you have any residual symptoms from that stroke?

  3. Kay,

    You are so refreshingly honest and open. You must be one incredibly strong woman. I'll bet your sense of humor helps a lot, too. Thanks for sharing more of your life.

  4. You fooled the doctors!! Good for you. They know a lot but there are many times they are not right, thank goodness.

    So many tests,so much pain and that lousy hospital food, it's enough to make a person sick!

    I hope "the rest of the story" paints a better picture of how you got to be you.

    Thanks for sharing

  5. Oh Kay...this is such an amazing story....! I am rivited! Can't wait for part 3! I love your spunk! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that you said NO, I am NOT having another Angiogram....! GOOD FOR YOU!
    BAD that they put you in the psych ward....GOOD GOOD GOOD that your hubby screamed and got you out of there!
    Sometimes the medical people are so waaaaay off base. We ALL must remember that they are "Practicing" on us, and also that they are all flawed hunan beings, just like us!
    You are one very very brave woman, my dear.

  6. boy that's a horrible thing to have happen when you have small children and so much to do and look forward to. What an example of how life doesn't always deal us what we expect. You write a compelling story

  7. Hello Kay,

    I am fascinated with your story and really admire your courage,both in surviving your illness and having the courage to tell us all about it.

    Will see you next time.

  8. Thanks for that amazing insight on your life. You are a survivor. Great writing


  9. Hadn't realized you were a stroke survivor. Sounds like you made quite a come back from a pretty serious situation. Too bad you didn't get help earlier, that you weren't diagnosed properly when you did finally get to the hospital.

    Hopefully, we're all more aware of stroke signs these days. Also, that unusual behaviors are not so quickly assumed to indicate a person has a mental problem as you experienced, when they're really stroke effects at onset and afterwards. However, as an SLP, that is one false perception I have had to dispel not only with select medical personnel but family members on occasion.

    Unfortunately, if a Speech-Language Pathologist isn't called in to evaluate a patient, which may happen if the stroke (or other brain damage) is such the person is still able to talk, as you were, all too often what happens is some medical personnel and family think a SLP assessment isn't needed -- "'cause the patient can talk." Consequently, other indicators of stroke that an SLP would have been able to identify, may be missed, since speech is only one behavior addressed by SLPs.

    Most people don't realize these stroke/brain attacks can occur at such young ages as yours -- 31 yrs. Babies, children and teenagers can have strokes, so no age is really immune -- strokes are not just events old people have.

    Now days, if someone gets immediate care within two hours of the onset of a stroke (caused by a clot rather than a bleed) and has a medicine known as TPA administered, they are more likely to recover from that stroke with minimal problems. They have to have a catscan right away to rule out the possibility they're having a bleed, not a clot, as TPA would not be appropriate with a bleed.

    Am interested to know if the O.T. worked with you toward regaining your reading and writing skills, or if you spontaneously recovered these abilities?

  10. You are truly blessed as a survivor. Thanks for sharing your strong will and determination with the rest of us.

  11. Wow Kay!

    pleast take this as a huge compliment, you remind me of my hubby. He had a major stroke when he was 49. Doctors said he would never be the same, blah blah, blah. He's much better than that. I bet you are too. Good for you!


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