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Hello all, I have not been on site for 3 weeks, the reason is I had a stroke lost the left side of my body temporarily which was regained with a tpa it came back 18 hours later that was scary got given tablets regained use of left side again. I had only 15 seconds warning, the thing that saved me was my phone, I now realise how important it is to set it up for emergency and the importance of a check up and not to ignore certain signs.

Eight months ago I got dragged to emergency by ambulance as I collapsed at work and the doctors put it down as a migraine (I do not get migraines) in fact my specialist told me it was a TIA the warning. Blood pressure is good cholesterol up a little bit but not dangerous. So boys get checked a keep an eye out if you are bit off.

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Glad to hear you are back up and running. Sounds pretty scary. 
 

12 minutes ago, Farmall1066 said:

Scary!! Glad to hear you are doing well again!!! 
 

What are stroke symptoms?

Here is what I was taught. Not the only signs but good info to get started. 

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Sounds like a good recovery.  A good wake up call for all of us.

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22 minutes ago, Farmall1066 said:

Scary!! Glad to hear you are doing well again!!! 
 

What are stroke symptoms?

Loss of vision, extreme headache, droopy face and cannot lift arms and sweating profusedly also feeling a bit off for an extended time before it actually happens

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16 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

Glad to hear you are back up and running. Sounds pretty scary. 
 

Here is what I was taught. Not the only signs but good info to get started. 

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It is scary when it all happens in 15 seconds

 

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37 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

Glad to hear you are back up and running. Sounds pretty scary. 
 

Here is what I was taught. Not the only signs but good info to get started. 

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Good going sledge, you posted exactly what I was thinking for the board, thanx.

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18 minutes ago, Dasnake said:

Good going sledge, you posted exactly what I was thinking for the board, thanx.

Not fast enough, getting old

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Scary stuff glad to hear you’re doing better. 
 

The thought often crises my mind when we’re snowmobiling or quadding in a remote area if something like that were to happen to one of us. Even worse if one of us is riding by ourselves.  My one brother actually started to carry some aspirin with him in a first aid kit. 

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1 hour ago, 5288IH said:

It is scary when it all happens in 15 seconds

 

That’s very quickly.

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Glad you recovered! 

  One of my uncles had a stroke maybe 5 years ago. He and his wife didn't know what was going on and did not seek medical help soon enough. He now walks with a walker and isn't able to do much. He was in reasonably good health before and able to do about anything to that point.

  Another older fella showed up to work years ago with his clothes on funny and dragging a leg with slurred speech. Luckily some coworkers recognized the signs and called for medical help. He recovered iirc.

   

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Flight surgeon recommended an 81mg aspirin/day and I've been on the regimen for some years.

There's good data for preventing heart attacks and conflicting data regarding strokes. I do notice that it takes more time for my blood to clot when I cut myself. Flight surgeon and primary care both agree benefit outweighs risk for me. They both also recommended lowering my blood pressure as a method to lessen stroke risk, so I've done that as well.

It's worth asking the question.

Very good news that 5288IH caught it in time and recovered and thanks for sharing.

 

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New Englander, what did you do to lower your blood pressure?

5288IH, glad you caught it and recovered so quickly.

My Dad had several mini strokes which he ignored which lead to his major stroke which eventually lead to his death.M

There is not enough information out there on strokes, how to prevent them and what to do when someone is having one.

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Glad to hear you are doing better! We have classes every year for CPR and first aid and now they go over stroke symptoms.   A good friend of mine ignored symptoms and suffered a debilitating stroke eventually leading to his passing.

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I have seen people who are using Elliquis, and the other name brands, to thin the blood, to prevent a stroke.

The Ellequis family is a super expensive drug but they say you do not have to be tested, by what they call an INR, to see where your blood is clotting at.

A good friend of mine fell to the floor and was unable to get up for three hours.

When I found him, he was laying in a pool of his own bright red blood. None had clotted. He was on Elliquis.

I will never use that Elliquis family of drugs as it thins the blood to much.

I am on Warfarin/Cumiden, which is basically rat killer. 

I have to do the INR tests monthly but it is no big deal.

This is a preventative dose as I have not had a stroke. INR runs at 2.0+.

But if I cut myself, the bleeding stops withing a few seconds as it always did.

My Medicare supplement pays 100% of the Cumiden bill.

My niece is Director of Nursing at a nursing home.

She says 99% of all bleeding issues at the home is Elliquis related.

Her husband is back on Cumiden too.

 

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wow so glad to hear you are ok @5288IHi grew up with a gpa that lost his left side, he taught me much even being crippled, we didnt have the knowledge in 1967 about these things, i lost my other GPA to a massive stroke also long before I was born. My dad had a light one a couple yrs back so I have to watch out for this very thing. Dad has mild numbness, a limp, and a bit of paralysis but all in all minimal and he doesnt need to exclude from doing anything. 

i like NE take the 81mg / day for clotting as a preventative, losing weight and walking is a VERY GOOD blood pressure reducer 

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57 minutes ago, searcyfarms said:

losing weight and walking is a VERY GOOD blood pressure reducer

Has to be the number one thing we can all do for ourselves to help our over all health. 

I usually vary 15 or 20 pounds from winter to summer.

When I drop those pounds over summer, I feel so much better and my knees that give me fits over the winter don't bother me near so much. 

I tried keeping those pounds off last winter but just couldn't do it. 

Now that I am transitioning to the last half of my life cycle, I am going to try real hard to change my eating habits mainly and try to get more excersize to keep those pounds from coming back on during the winter months. 

Still wear the same waist size I did in high school but wife has changed dryer sheets or something cuz they are pretty tight coming right out of the dryer. ???

@5288IH So glad you recognized the signs and were able to react towards a good end. Thankyou for bringing the subject up!

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oh man so funny i keep telling my wife to use the LOW heat setting to reduce the shrinkage to help with my fluctuations - im way past the half way point according to the expectancy averages. 

according to the stats, the avg male increases 1lb per year from age 20 to 65, at 65 our bodies start to atrophy slowly 1lb per yr the other way. 

I hate admitting i have lost strength over the years and its sad to watch your heros waining ahead of you. 

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