Well, fun and games over the last 10 days. I had a stroke in the workshop which was Interesting Times to say the least. I captured the exact point where I’m having a stroke and displaying the symptoms. Im really sorry if you find this a bit upsetting, I actually streamed it to facebook as it was happening and people werent sure If I was being serious and when they realised it was then concern and worry kicked in.
I thought long about putting this up and i need to talk it through and get over some key issues so that if it happens to you, a friend and loved one then you have more of an understanding and get the right help as soon as possible. Its going to happen to some of you and if i can help with passing on some information its the least I can do.
Im in the workshop cracking on, nothing hard, a bit of cutting on the evolution saw while Vinny plays with the arbortech outside. (see i must be better if im name dropping tools) Just cutting away some 2×4 or something. I grab the saw with the right arm and it feels weird, numb, almost like pins and needles. I also feel slightly out of sorts, a bit weird, this 1st lasted maybe a minute. I talked to Vinny about what happened and make him aware. I go back inside and have another 2 episodes each one getting slightly more intense, I have to sit down, arms losing power, speech is getting slurred and I have trouble swallowing.
I spoke to Vinny again and yes, we reckon im having a stroke and needs sorting out. Cue phone calls to NHS direct and then onto direct emergency service 999. In hindsight rather than ring NHS direct or your out of hours service ring the 999 service immediately for advice.
Please do NOT think about going to bed or letting someone go home so they can go to bed. Its really important you deal with this the first time correctly to stop any irreversible damage.
I had some more attacks, you can see a severe one in the video, they were quite amusin as they were happening, your brain knows to control the muscles but it just struggles to do it. The neural connections at that point are being starved and are failing and youre watching yourself out of control, the mind is still thinking as normal but the control to the side of your body is just gone. I had mine on the right, usually its on the left.
Dont be tempted to take Aspirin or other medication until you’ve seen a specialist.
There are clots and bleeds, if youre having a bleed then you could be making it worse. The way to find out is with the CT scan and when this is examined they can determine the best course of action for you.
For me it was a clot and they used a clot-busting drug to clear the clot and then start stabilising my blood-pressure(BP) as well as adding saline to stop me from dehydrating. You may experience some bleeding from orifices, I had a nose bleed but I was warned it could be any hole. It was at this point that a head ache started to kick in.
Hourly BP test and when your pressures high they can be quite uncomfortable. They match the output of the BP stabilising drug with your test results to stabilise and reduce it and it did work slowly over the next few days. The headache matched the BP, if the BP was high then the headache was bad, this would then make me retch which made the BP high, a bit of a vicious circle. Try to drink water as you are able, and make that effort to do so.
I slept for pretty much 4 days solid and even through some of the hourly BP tests, the body says ‘Sleep, I want to recover’ and thats what youll do and itll carry on after that a bit and you may find yourself falling asleep at any time. Drink and eat, the hospital food I found to be really good.
Theres going to be changes, I had forgotten things and Ive shed a few tears over things that normally i wouldnt shed a tear over. The barriers that control emotion have taken a bit of a knock and crying and laughing are far close to the surface.
They signed me out on the 7th day and it was good to be home in my own house, to see my loved ones, Mr.Butters had missed me greatly and we had a lot of hugs.
The care I received was great, a lot of good people working hard to make other people well. It cant all be perfect, this is people working with people.
Going forwards Im regaining my strength and getting over this with changes to diet, drinking, smoking and exercise. No workshop activities for a while or heavy lifting or things that put my mind at stress.
Ill cover it a final time, dont go to bed. I spoke to a number of people and on the first one they wanted just to go to bed and sleep it off. This makes the second one you have so much harder and youll really damage yourself.
Thank you for watching.