My "wake up" call
Dec 16, 2004, 5 days after my 48th birthday, I had a small stroke at work. I was just fine one minute, chatting with my friends just before work and then suddenly I was not able to speak, just 2 or 3 words at a time. I felt just fine except for not being able to talk. And in my line of business, I need to talk.. I am a customer service rep. I spent 5 days in the hospital and 7 weeks off work. Therapy helped me to speak again but I will never be 100%. The only thing that might have caused the stroke was I was very lax about taking my BP meds. I had forgotten for a few days. Now I am on a different BP med Twice a day now, (before it was once a day) and Plavix. I very seldom forget to take it now.
I still have recidule effects to this day. While I used to be able to put in a lot of overtime at work, I can only manage an hour or two a week. I get very tired and when tired, I cannot speak very well. Occasionally, I still search for a word or phrase. Most people can't tell that I have a problem, but I know and it is very frustrating at times. But it was my wake-up call. It could have been a lot worse. My BP was very high when I was in the emergency room and one morning, they had to draw blood 3 or 4 times because it clotted so badly before they got it to the lab.
My advice is TAKE YOUR MEDS and invest in a BP machine. I take mine periodically between appointments.