I Never Thought Stroke Would Happen to Me

by Myra Wilson, Stroke Survivor On November 3, 2014, I was in nursing school working as a student nurse at a hospital in Seattle. My first sign that something was not quite right was when I was walking through the nursing station and both of my eyes went blurry. I could still see color but I couldn't see letters. It was blurry for about 30 seconds before clearing up again. I was going to lunch and went to give a report to another nurse. The nurse noticed while I was speaking that I slurred my speech. I didn't notice my speech was slurred at all. It was at that time that I experienced a sudden sharp pain on the right side of my head. The nurse then expressed concern that I was having a stroke and called a code. I was told to sit in the nearby chair. Within minutes a team of people arrived and evaluated me. Paralysis started to consume my left side, my dominant side. I had left-sided facial droop and I couldn't move my left arm or leg. They had to carry me to the stretcher. I was taken to the emergency room where I underwent a CT scan to determine if it was hemorrhagic. Since it was not, they gave me a drug called tPA to help dissolve the clot. I was transferred to another hospital where I underwent an angiogram and a thrombectomy in the cath lab. The angiogram showed a blood clot in a large artery in the right side of my brain. The thrombectomy entailed going through my femoral artery, and into my brain to remove the clot. I spent a week in ICU followed by two ...
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