Getting Old Sucks and Really Puts you In Touch With Reality and your Mortality!
Sunday my wife and I had to go to Walmart and the Grocery Store to pick up a few things. While we were walking around in Walmart I suddenly had a strange feeling and I noticed that my right arm felt really heavy and kind of numb. I also found that my right leg seemed to be heavy and dragging.
I told my wife I needed to go to the car, so we picked up the last couple of things on our list, went to the checkout and headed for the car. She wanted to take me to the hospital but I declined and just told her to go get the few groceries that we needed and I would stay in the car.
I had a Stroke! It was confirmed yesterday by my Medical Doctor and a full battery of tests. Ultrasound tests, EKG tests, Blood Pressure tests, X-rays, and MRI's were done along with 17 different Blood Tests made for an 8 hour and very tiring day. The results from the Blood tests aren't back yet, but every thing else is. My Doctor called me at 6 p.m with those results.
He told me that I was very LUCKY that it happened while I was up walking around and that I continued to walk for a few minutes afterwards. He went on to say that if I had not been active things would have been worse because the stroke was on the left side of my brain that controls my right side of my body and my speech center. Being active at the time kept my right side from being totally paralyzed and me speech taken away for quite a while.
Instead I just suffered minor losses in my muscle tone and mobility controls. I am going to have to walk with a cane for a while for support and steadiness for a while. I am going to have to learn to rely on my left hand to do a lot of things until I can retrain my right hand. Then I am going to have to start doing a lot of Physical Therapy to rebuild my motor functions. The tough part is that I may not be hand holing my 400 mm lens any more, but with the use of a tripod or a monopod I should be back to taking photos as quickly as possible. I will, or should be back to shooting my bows sometime, but that depends a lot on my progress and determination.
I have Got to get better really quickly because I have Cub Scouts to teach archery too in June and I Don't Want To Disappoint Them! Plus This Year is the year of a phenomenal Salmon Run and I Do Not Want To Miss It by having to sit home!!!!!!!!!!!!!