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Old 11-25-2012, 12:02 AM   #1
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significant stroke at 20

hi, i had a stroke back in july. i was walking home from the store and i fell off of a 9 foot bridge that was over a creek, when the paramedics got there i realized i couldn't move my let arm or leg. since i landed on my back, they kept me on a backboard in case i did anything to my spine. they did several catscans and xrays but could find nothing wrong, until a week later i was still on the trauma floor at the hospital. i couldn't move at all, barely and even though i was 20, my grandparents were convinced i'd had a stroke. so, when they informed me that i was gonna be sent home, i told them no, not until i saw a neurosurgeon. the neurosurgeon ordered an mri test for me and when she got the results, she let me know that i had a blockage in my right carotid artery. since there's no history of strokes, high blood pressure or high cholestral in my family, no one had any ideas of why this had happened until she asked about drugs, which i had done recreationally for the past year and i was a smoker so they think that's what caused it. i was in the hospital from july 12th-august 31st. i got physical therapy and i can walk very slowly using a cane or holding someones hand but only a little bit of shoulder movement. i applied for temporary disability in october (as you have to wait three months after a stroke) so i can get insurance, so that i can maybe go to rehab and get better. i'm sorry for any grammatical errors - typing with one hand is more of a challenge than it seems. i'm not sure why i posted this, i just know that reading other people's stories helped me a lot when i was scared in the hospital and i just wanted to share/maybe get some input on mine.

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