My name is Julia. I had a small stroke in 2015 that only affected my ability to remember words. I made a full recovery in a very short time about 4 or 5 days in hospital and 3 or 4 weeks to be mostly back to my prior self.
I had a more serious stroke in December. that started with a lack of coordination and eventually lead to zero sensory feedback from my left side.but no paralysis or even weakness . They caught a right side MCA blockage on a CT and later did an MRI to check my cerrebellum, because after a detailed assessment from a neurological pysiotherapist that is what my symptoms suggested (part of that was ‘ataxia’). But my cerebellum was lesion free.
I feel very lucky in some ways. I was walking unaided approximately 8 weeks later and I had ticked off almost all of the things physio wanted me to achieve by April…carrying a hot drink, using public transport etc. However I am frustrated that none of the tasks are getting any easier, For example, I could walk to the bus stop very close to my house a few days after I could walk unaided, but I still struggle to walk from the bus stop to my sons house, which is about double the distance and both my arm and leg still stop working when i break concentration or can not see them. I also still have profound sensory loss, to the extent that I sat on my left foot on the floor and broke a number of toes. My body experienced shock…it knew something was wrong, and my right buttock could feel I was sttng on something but I had to yell 'what am I sitting on?'to my partner and he informed me it was my own foot.
That is ‘my story’ in a nutshell. I just wanted to introduce myself before jumping in with questions, because I do have questions that I feel are best asked of fellow survivors. I hope I can become part of ths community and I do intend to do more than just ask questions