No one expects a stroke, I felt I was too young. I was 63 at the time and thought “strokes happen to other people.” I was confused when it struck. My husband came home at the time and he realized I couldn’t speak. He rushed me to our hospital which was fairly close. They took me in quickly because my husband told them that I was having a stroke.
I had nurses and a neurologist examining me. I was losing movement in my face, my hand, and my leg. They decided to give me the tPA shot.
We would find out later that I’d had a clot in my artery in my left brain, high and dangerous. During the night I couldn’t sleep lying on a bed in the hospital. I remember, there was a storm and I watched it come and go and I felt at peace.
The next morning they found out what I’d lost and what I had left. I had aphasia, not speaking very well. I was not able to read. If people read to me I couldn’t absorb...