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wilcox660
06-17-2013, 09:39 PM
OK, here's the Reader's Digest version. I woke up @ about 6:30 AM on Thus to my right art & left feeling incredibly weak - as though they weighed hundreds of pounds. Since June 7th (the day after my birthday), I'd had a numbness in my left hand & left side of my tongue & mouth anyway. I still have these as I write.

I called 911 & ended up in the hospital. Evidently, I had some version of a small stroke. I had X-Rays, a CAT scan & also an ultrasound of my carotid arteries. I was to have an MRI, but my big fat head was too big for the machine so I am to have one elsewhere soon. They say my blood sugar & cholesterol are to high, so these will be worked on more. They also want my stress levels waaaaaay down.

I'm home now & a bit weak. I'm far from 100%, but I'm on my way!

- John

Casey
06-17-2013, 09:41 PM
Sending good vibes your way. Take good care of yourself.

Kevin

Scott Bails
06-17-2013, 09:41 PM
Wow. Scary stuff, John! Glad to hear you're okay, and glad that you called 911. Stroke recovery is all about getting help immediately.

Please keep us posted, if you can, and follow your doctor's orders.

notallwhowander
06-17-2013, 09:47 PM
Dude! I'm glad you brought us up to date. Get some rest and take your medicine.

Dan Roth
06-17-2013, 09:55 PM
Scary stuff! Take care and hope you stay on the mend!

arabicadabra
06-17-2013, 09:57 PM
Praying for you John, and SO glad you called for help.

Sean
06-17-2013, 10:12 PM
John, so sorry to hear this. Be strong and relax.

laurainspace
06-17-2013, 10:22 PM
wow, glad you caught it and are on the mend! take care of yourself.

ViolinCyndee
06-18-2013, 12:49 AM
Jeff had one over a month ago, and it was pretty scary.. Hope you feel better!!! xoxo

Vic2012
06-18-2013, 05:58 AM
Some days I feel that I might have a stroke with all the stress I deal with. Stress and fatigue are killers, especially at this age. I think the only reason why I haven't had a stroke or heart attack is because I try to hit the gym as often as possible (at least 3 times a week).

Hope you get better. Keep moving. It's when we stop moving our asses that we get sick. Try working on controlling stress and anxiety. Not sure if you're anxious or stressed, but I sure the hell am. Music, a little :beer and a little X) is keeping me sane. ;) :up

mozo-pg
06-18-2013, 07:47 AM
Smart thing to catch it early. Really sorry and hope for a 100 percent recovery.

Lopez
06-18-2013, 08:47 AM
Hope you get back to 100% soon, John.

I worry about stuff like this; I'm of stroke/heart attack age and not in tip-top shape.

Cats On Glue
06-18-2013, 09:49 AM
heres hoping for a full recovery back to good health

wilcox660
06-18-2013, 12:21 PM
thanks & love to all. :)

JKL2000
06-18-2013, 01:33 PM
Sorry to hear that - yeah, great that you got help right away.

Hope you continue to mend, Fathead! :)

Duncan Glenday
06-18-2013, 02:49 PM
John,

Thatk God it was "minor", and you're healthy enough to start this thread!

And I agree with Vic2012 - physical fitness etc. can often help to keep these things at bay, and can certainly help relieve stress.

Please keep us posted regarding your recovery.

kenpierce
06-18-2013, 03:35 PM
Rest up and follow the doctor's orders to the letter John, hope you will be back in action sooner than later.

progeezer
06-18-2013, 03:39 PM
I echo all the good wishes, John!

Your intuition, I'm sure, saved minimally, your faculties and perhaps worse.

Well done!:)

Amy
06-18-2013, 04:36 PM
John - very glad you're doing better. Stay healthy so that I can tease you in chat again one day. ;)

spellbound
06-18-2013, 05:57 PM
1902

Glad you survived a trip to the hospital. Wishing you continued improvement.

Jefferson James
06-19-2013, 11:28 AM
Damn, sorry to hear this but glad it was "minor" and you're back on the road to good health, John. Take care of yourself.

Polypet
06-19-2013, 12:21 PM
here's to a full recovery, John - whoa. talk about a wake up call (pun intended). i hope you get your feeling back in your tongue and all that too.

take care of yourself, sir :p

Kim

moecurlythanu
06-21-2013, 01:29 PM
Best wishes, John.

Mr. Toad
06-24-2013, 07:11 PM
Take care of yourself and do what the docs tell ya.

Kevfeeley
06-29-2013, 05:39 AM
Feel better John. If ya need anything, say the word.

Rune Blackwings
06-29-2013, 10:36 AM
Sorry to hear! Get well!

wilcox660
07-06-2013, 03:47 PM
Thanks to all! It's slow going, but it's going!

Scott Bails
07-06-2013, 04:14 PM
Glad to hear it, John. I was just wondering about you yesterday. Glad that you checked in.

Rarebird
07-06-2013, 04:33 PM
Glad to hear you are improving.

My dad had something like a stroke (actually a small blood-cloth in his brain) last Tuesday. Luckily I was with him and after calling the family-doctor, I decided to call an ambulance. Currently my dad is in an institute for rehabilitation. Hope he will be back home in a few weeks.

Scott Bails
07-06-2013, 06:08 PM
Sounds like your quick action probably helped him, Rarebird. Hope he recovers completely and soon.

progeezer
07-06-2013, 10:36 PM
Glad to hear you are improving.

My dad had something like a stroke (actually a small blood-cloth in his brain) last Tuesday. Luckily I was with him and after calling the family-doctor, I decided to call an ambulance. Currently my dad is in an institute for rehabilitation. Hope he will be back home in a few weeks.I'm sorry to hear this, Renate. All my best wishes to both you and your father.

Progluvr
07-06-2013, 11:59 PM
Best wishes John, I hope you are doing much better!

Chuck AzEee!
07-13-2013, 10:07 AM
I hope all is well John.

izz_brian
07-15-2013, 09:31 AM
Wow, I hardly ever visit this Community forum, so I completely missed this thread. Really sorry to hear this. I'm echoing everyone's wishes for a speedy recovery.

wilcox660
07-17-2013, 01:25 PM
Again, my thanks to all. I'm getting better bit by bit, but it's a road with months ahead. I remain positive & move ever forward!

hippypants
07-17-2013, 02:42 PM
Stay strong John, I'm glad you caught it in time and called 911. I'm having to take blood pressure meds and cholesterol meds too. Good luck with your new road to health.

wilcox660
01-25-2014, 09:49 PM
So, just over 7 months in. Fingers still numb. Left side of mouth still numb and tingling. Occasional stiffness in my left foot/left leg/both arms. Seems to depend on my stress levels. As with all things in life, still a work in progress. I remain positive & moving forward. You can't kill me!

Vic2012
01-26-2014, 09:13 AM
I remain positive & moving forward.

That is the key. My mother had a stroke recently (on top of all her other health issues) and she's given up completely. She doesn't want to do therapy or anything. She's not paralyzed, her vitals are good, but she can't walk or even sit up without asistance. She has to poop and pee in a diaper so she's become a basket case. It's become a horrible nightmare. She's not "dying" but she needs long-term care, and I'm not sure how I'm gonna deal with this.

Anyway Wilcox, I don't know you from Adam but just stay positive, follow doctor's orders, and keep moving your ass. Don't let depression and anxiety get you. Take whatever meds you need to take and cooperate with everyone who cares about you.

wilcox660
01-26-2014, 12:19 PM
I do all of the above & more. I even go dancing. I love life & I've much to do. The stroke was a setback and a challenge for sure, but I've always enjoyed tackling challenges. :)

Polypet
01-26-2014, 06:56 PM
stay strong, brother!

Brian Griffin
01-28-2014, 06:12 AM
I thought I'd joined you yesterday AM but apparently not

I woke up feeling ill and ended up passing out in my bathroom, started having some chest pains shortly after and spent the day in the hospital yesterday

Had CAT scans and x-rays, all look fine - nothing obviously wrong

They think I pulled a muscle in my chest when I feinted / fell, but my theory is watching the new Osanna DVD two days in a row was perhaps too much excitement

BG

Hunnibee
02-23-2014, 08:06 PM
Hi John, I haven't been on Prog Ears much, so I didn't know this was going on with you! I am so sorry about your ordeal and hope you continue to improve. I have been having serious stress issues myself and have been dealing with numbness. I am hoping to get full access to proper medical care when I move to California in a few days. Stay strong, my friend! I wish you nothing but the best in life! *hugs*

wilcox660
06-18-2014, 12:42 AM
Just over a year later, I'm still here! I still have symptoms, but they have faded a bit, thankfully. I'm a tough SOB. Love to all!

Lopez
06-18-2014, 07:59 AM
Glad to hear you are doing well and improving. There's too much good stuff out there to give in and give up.

Scott Bails
06-18-2014, 11:42 AM
That's great to hear, John! Keep taking care of yourself.

wilcox660
06-18-2014, 12:15 PM
I do my best to learn from the past but look to the future. Much fun still to be had!