Hello, I am 51 years young and I had a stroke in the last week of November 2019. Here is my stroke story.
I thought that a stroke would never happen to me. "Stroke's only happened to people that live on poor diets, never exercise of old people"?
I would class myself as a sport billy, I ran a marathon in 2017, walked the 3 peak challenge in under 24 hours. Run 10k races with good times every year since 2014. I go running and to the gym 5 days a week. I do martial arts, I love walking, don't drink or smoke.
My life was good, in October 2019 I did a 2 day grading for my Black belt. On the last few hours on 1st day I took a knock to my head which knocked me out for a few seconds. Altough I felt concussed, I carried on with the grading and finished both days.
When I got home I noticed that i had clear liquid coming out my ear. I just ignored it an carried with work and the gym. 5 days later when speaking with a work mate he told me to get it checked out. So I went to the doctor and he noticed clear dried fluid in one ear and blood in the other ear and phoned 999.
I was taken to A&E and was checked and had a head scan. I was given the all clear and discharged. My wife told me that she didn't want me to continue to do a martial art, now that I have achieved a black belt. So I agreed and decided that I would pack it in and find someting else.
So I took up Tug of War, I did 2 weeks training and loved it. I made 2 teams from different weight categories and entered the competition. Both my teams came 3rd place and we won 2 bronze medals. During my last pull on the rope and competing for the medal I went a little light headed from the effort.
At the end of the event I went home and my wife mentioned that I wasn't finishing my sentences. I told her I was just tired. I felt fine I had my tea, a shower and had an early night. The next morning I was getting ready for work and my wife and I realised that something was up. My speak made no sense and my wife dialled 111. They called an ambulance and they assessed me, and took me to a&e where I was treated for a stroke.
I spent 30 hours in hospital and have had home treatment with GPs, SaLT. Occ health, physio. Heart tests, eyes, ears, BP, blood tests etc. The nhs staff and teams have been wonderful. However, the only person I have not really had any dealings with, is the consultant, to date? I saw him breifly when I was in the stroke ward and i was unable to talk.
Sorry for the ramblings, this is my stroke story to date.