On my stats page there was the search term “symptoms.” Now, this could mean a whole hell of a lot of things and obviously I have no idea what specifically the person who searched that wanted to know. But I’ll write something with the word ‘symptoms’ in mind. All the smart people who know so much about strokes say to look for this stuff to determine if someone might be having a stroke. The acronym FAST. FAST stands for Face, Arms, Speech, Time. In PT school they taught us to look for the 5 D’s and 3 N’s. These are Diplopia, Dizziness, Drop attacks, Dysarthria, Dysphagia, Nausea, Numbness, and Nystagmus. If any of these things appear or in the case of the FAST thing if any of those things are not right, F yeah get that person to a hospital ASAP.
Now, what do you do, as in my case, when the person passes out within minutes and presents to the ER unconscious? Hmm? The doctors had no f’ing clue what was wrong with me. So they didn’t do anything. For 2 days. Dean has a bunch of posts on the necessity of an objective way to diagnose a stroke, I couldn’t choose just one to link to.
So a few days later you find out that a part of your brain is destroyed and you had a stroke. I’ve said this many times before on my blog. You could have had a stroke in the frontal lobe, in the parietal lobe, in the temporal lobe, in the occipital lobe, or in the cerebellum or brain stem. It’s the EFFECTS, the SYMPTOMS of the stroke that will vary greatly. The EFFECTS and what you need to work on is what makes brilliant doctors say one of my favorite phrases “every stroke is different.” The size and location of the stroke will determine the EFFECTS. Everyone understand that? The EFFECTS of a stroke will be unlike anyone else’s, but I have the same issue as anyone else who had a stroke, I have brain damage.
The other parts of the brain that are alive and healthy can take over and be responsible for the duties of the dead part. The cerebrum can take over for the cerebellum and vice versa. This sounds great right? It takes a hell of a lot of work and years. Years. Oh and it takes meditation and breath work.