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36 Year-Old Stroke Survivor/Getting Better

36 Year-Old Stroke Survivor/Getting Better

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Posted by Kim Morgan on February 15, 2000 at 21:12:24:

I suffered a small stroke about 3 months ago, due to uncontrolled hypertension and type II diabetes. It happened during the night while I was asleep. When I woke up, I had somewhat slurred speech, and kept bumping into things; problems with balance, and was extremely groggy. I didn't know I was having a stroke because I didn't have a headache, vision problems, or weakness. As the day wore on, weakness in my right arm scared me, and I went to the E.R., and was admitted. I lost the use of my right arm & shoulder about 2 days later. I kept falling down trying to walk, but had to use a walker with help. After being hospitalized for 5 days, I was happy to hear that I would make a 100% recovery over time. I go to Occupational Therapy 3 times a week, and have made great progress. I have full use of my shoulder, arm, and wrist. My fingers are slow and weak, but are getting stronger every day. I love going to my stroke support group, but feel odd because there's noone in my group that's near my age. They're all senior citizens and very helpful & supportive, but are not in the same stage of life that I'm in. I have two small boys to raise, and this has been very challenging for me. I'm thankful that my doctor has found the right combination of medications, and my blood levels are finally in the normal ranges. Things are getting better, but would like to share through e-mail messages if someone out there feels the same as I do about not having the support from a younger crowd. Maybe I could start my own support group for young people in the Central Florida area. Would love to hear from you. Take care!

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