Skip to comments.Vanity: My Mom had a Stroke Today
Posted on 05/04/2017 10:46:43 PM PDT by Yaelle
She was at a friend's house, visiting for a few days. She has had Alzheimer's for over 6 years. She has not had any health problems other than that, but she is over 80. Today she had the classic symptoms of stroke, paralysis and drooping on one side, slurred speech, confusion, so her friend called paramedics and she is now at a good hospital.
MRI has confirmed stroke. All her symptoms have gone, and she doesn't even remember why she is in the hospital or that she had a stroke. The doctors are still running tests. She is being given the usual blood thinner drugs etc.
I'd just like to hear a little about anyone's experience with strokes where the symptoms disappeared so fast, and how the next year/s went for them, and if anyone has experience with a loved one having a stroke while suffering dementia.
Thanks for any spare prayers, too. I feel much better tonight seeing the photos of her playing her favorite video game on her phone. Will be traveling down to see her tomorrow.
I am her primary caregiver so when she gets home I do wonder if she has declined even further, as the Internet info suggests.
No experience to share, but best wishes for your mom.
I knew someone who showed stroke symptom but went away some minutes later. Doc guessed it was TIA (transient ischemic attack?)
I’m not a doc and can’t guess what similarity there might be to what you saw. So scary but they were fine
So sorry to hear, God bless you both.
I hope she recovers well. I know it’s not easy being the caregiver.
As the government is now confessing to chem trail spraying (they are trying to say that they HAVE to spray because of “global warming” or climate change) we must be drinking and eating with even more caution.
Prayers up for your mom and you, Yaelle. God bless you both, and her medical team, with all that is needed.
Really sorry about that and I certainly understand.
You and your mom have my prayers, Yaelle.
Prayers for you, your Mom and your family.
so her doctor may want her on some regulatory medicine.
sounds like your mom had a TIA, a small temporary stroke where almost all symptoms go away...
but its still a stroke, and it still has effects, and the chance of more strokes are very possible...
If it’s a 24 hour monitor, it’s basically a little recording box with a belt clip or neck cord, (about cell phone size) and I think it’s 6 leads that self-adhesive on. Use a perm marker or waterproof eyeliner and put a little dot on the skin by where the stickies are, so when one comes off (and they will) you can just stick it back on. Don’t panic if a lead comes off, they’ll still be able to get a reading. Go to the doc to get the device; go back the next day to turn in the device. Doc will call in a day or two with results. No news is good news. Hugs to your mom!
Thanks to all for your responses and prayers. I looked up TIA before the MRI and it sure sounded like that. But the MRI said a definite stroke - maybe the TIA shows up as a stroke.
It doesn’t seem fair to give someone who is already of “broken” brain another affliction to deal with, but there are many with such out there.
Gd bless my FReeper family for your kindness. Mostly, the family prays for her to be able to live out her time in comfort and no distress.
My father, the same. Had Huntington’s and Leweys. Some of the episodes were shorter than others. Loss of muscular control and/or speech for a short while, then ‘normal’ again. They were called mini-strokes by his doc.
One way to help prevent strokes or to make them less harmful is to take an aspirin a day. My doctor has me on the 81 mg to 325 mg aspirin, one a day before bedtime.
The dosage varies with age, heart history, blood clot history, etc.
Check with your doctor is your mother was not on an aspirin schedule.
I survived a heart attack (clogged artery) and cardiac arrest with very minor injuries except my artery needed several stents. I use blood thinners, salt regulators, watch what I see (some of it looks back at me if it is not well done), and try to get some exercise.
Lots of new medicines out there for heart/stroke patients. best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Prayers for you both dear Yaelle.
My friend had a stroke sitting across from me at lunch. He didn’t
believe he had one, had his wife take him to hospital. He did not recover and died three days later.
Half of strokes are caused by carotid artery disease. Ask her doctor if he has done an ultrasound of her cartoid artery (it’s in the neck).
My husband had a stroke that threw him to the floor. He couldn’t speak and was paralyzed. The paralysis went away real soon, his speech came back in a few hours while he was still in the er, and an uneasiness was there until the next day. They said a blood clot passed right through his brain and left no damage, They put him on Plavix to thin his blood but he had another stroke two years later. It was terrible and he should have died. He lost his speech and is paralyzed on his right side, but he stays in a good mood and has accomplished some pretty amazing things. His mind is as good as ever and that was 7 years ago. We have been told that is they had given him cumadin instead of Plavix he may never had this last one. She may end up being just fine. I hope and pray that she will. Good luck, Ed and Karen
Thank you for this great advice. I wonder how long at one sitting the monitors need to stop Gay on because she is a stubborn girl and she may forget and rip them off. We will see.
I really appreciate this - I had no idea what they were, but I guess lots of distraction (Sandra bullock movies etc) might help them get along enough reading.
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