Monday, May 20, 2013

Signs of a Stroke (video)

My Stroke of Luck - " . . . .We head to the hospital. Although it’s a designated stroke center, there is no stroke neurologist around on this holiday weekend. A CT scan shows nothing. Vitals are normal. But I realize something is still wrong when I get an eye test in a hallway. I can see the letters on the eye chart, but not the hand of the nurse pointing to a particular row. Also, my pupils are different sizes, a condition that I later learn is called Horner syndrome and can presage a stroke. Nonetheless, the hospital plans to release me. I push back, recalling that months earlier my doctor, as a midlife precaution, had recommended ultrasound scans of my carotid arteries to be sure there wasn’t any buildup of plaque. Maybe they should try this? . . ." (read more at link above)

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