On Monday 11 October 2o10, I was 36, with no history of high blood pressure nor anything else that put me at particular risk of a stroke. But on Monday 11 October and Tuesday 12 October, that’s what happened.
Caused by a tiny tear in an artery in my neck (questions asked post MRI included: “who’s the Prime Minister, do you know where you are, have you had your hair washed over one of those hairdresser sinks in the past few days?”), I was walking down a corridor at work when the world simply started to spin. And spin. And it didn’t stop unless I closed my eyes. With numb lips being the only clue to a stroke at that time – and therefore quickly dismissed – it took 24 hours and interim diagnoses of a vasser vagel (?) attack, an ear infection and labyrinthitus . In this case, throwing up over a neuro doctor just before they wanted to discharge me turned out to be a good move. An MRI later I was off to a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) and finally feeling safe (if utterly out of it!).
I started this blog at the end of the first week in hospital and, at the time, I gave the reasons as follows:
- “One, I have the most amazing friends and family on the planet. Most of them showed up in the first few days in person or by text, and I don’t think I’ve spent a single second of visiting hours alone since I’ve been here (special shout out for Kate, Mark, Zan, Rich and Dad). Some of them are overseas (hi Jen, hi Sarah W) and this makes it easier for them to know I REALLY am ok!!! Forgive me for not texting you all every day – you’ll get more here me thinks!!!
- Second, stroke isn’t supposed to happen to someone this young, right? Well I’ve not always been the youngest on the ward so it does happen. But it seems to me that if you’re doing this after me, maybe this might be useful?”
So, for both those reasons, here is my short-term blog. I’m intending it to be just a blip in my world.
p.s I really can spell and know difference between of and off and their and there, but – especially at the beginning – it was a little tricky to use my full knowledge of the English language. While the typos may irritate – and I would certainly update each page a few times when I noticed them very shortly after publishing – I’m intentionally not back-tracking to fix them all, as they improve over time. It’s a part of the story.