NFR Stroke sucks, you're not too young!

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Jim Speaker, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

    Well, here's my admission, I'm a pretty young guy only 43 years old.

    Yesterday just after 7:20 pm I had a stroke.

    I am reasonably fit, 5'10" 175 lbs. My cholesterol is normal, in the 90s. I have healthy BP and pulse, no sign of arrhythmia.

    Weird right? Yes. I have no notable med history til I can say, "no, just a stroke!" when asked that.

    It's hard to type, especially on my iPhone (which I could barely call my GF and 911 on yesterday). I have a bit of trouble talking unless I talk slow and deliberate. The stroke got my motor functions on right side. Yesterday I was hardly intelligible and my right hand was not capable of signing my name nearly close to right.

    I am blessed that my thinking is still 100%. Thank God I'm ok.

    My motor stuff will come back with practice. I will tie more married wing Parmachene Belle and watch trout munch on them!

    Typing is hard, I'm making too many mistakes.

    Last words: call 911 FAST!!! Don't screw around. Don't wait. Time is brain - and it's way too easy to take its simplest functions for granted.
  2. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    Sorry Jim, but glad to read that you're OK and going to be better.

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  3. bigdood

    bigdood fishing hack

    Scary sh*t man, glad you're still on this side of the grass. 43 seems damn young, what were the signs/symptoms? Assume it was something really obvious or no?
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  4. Roger Stephens

    Roger Stephens Active Member


    Sorry to heard about you having a stroke at such a young age. Glad that it sounds like you will be able to make a full recovery. You are in my prayers.

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  5. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

    I had "ringing in my left ear" that was so loud it was more like volume of screaming in my ear. It was instant. I felt I'd fall so I sat, then laid down. Then laying and shaking barely was able to make phone calls - two.

    At one point EMT could not figure out problem and stood me up to see how it goes - pulse dropped to 30 and nearly out before they laid me back down.
  6. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

    Glad you are ok. Hope you recover quickly.
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  7. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Jim-

    Sorry to hear if your stroke. PM sent.
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  8. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    That is indeed sobering and scary as heck. I have a co-worker who also had a stroke and was one of the least likely people one would expect that to happen to. I hope you are on a fast path to full recovery!
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  9. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

    Hoping you have full and fast recovery.
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  10. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

    Hope you're okay soon Jim. More good days down the road for sure.
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  11. Jeff

    Jeff Member

    If anybody can make a full recovery from a stroke, it's you Jim.

    I've known Jim for 27 years now and will tell you all this, he is one tough sucker and there is no more determined guy around. Expect to continue seeing beautiful flies tied with instructions, some of the best fishing reports around, and the occasional internet fight from Jim Speaker. If this guy can haul himself up El Capitan, become a top guy in his chosen profession, catch more fish than seems reasonable, all while being one of the nicest guys I've ever met, well then, he can overcome this.

    I'm sorry you're going through this Jim, but am glad you have people you love surrounding you. Relax and get on with the full recovery! Then come on up to AK and let's catch some fish!

  12. Jim Speaker

    Jim Speaker Active Member

    Thanks so much Jeff! Really kind words...

    You know I'm looking forward to hangin out as soon as we can!
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  13. golfman44

    golfman44 Coho Queen

    Sorry to hear this Jim. Glad you're OK. Maybe a few days rest will allow you to add more to that fishing app ;)
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  14. jjaims

    jjaims Make fishin’ your mission

    I second thanking God your okay, and pray you have a swift and full recovery.
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  15. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

    Sorry to hear this, hope your recovery is fast.
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  16. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    We're rooting for you Jim.
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  17. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    You can't burn the candle at both ends. I'm glad you still have your motor skills. Keep up what you are doing and you will get better. Everyday that I'm still standing I knock on wood.

    Good luck
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  18. Greg Armstrong

    Greg Armstrong Active Member

    Glad you came through that okay and are still here to talk with us about it.
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  19. dflett68

    dflett68 Active Member

    sorry to hear it jim. but like everyone else has said, glad you are ok.
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  20. Bob Triggs

    Bob Triggs Your Preferred Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide

    Jim, I am wishing you hope and healing in your recovery. Attitude is everything.
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