Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Jim Speaker, Jul 30, 2013.
More good thoughts comin' your way! Full recovery is right around the corner.
Question Jim, do they know which type of stroke it was? Also, do you drink and smoke?
I think we can all learn from Jim's experience. Glad to hear you're doing better, I can't imagine how scary that must have been.
Get better Jim! I hope you won't face another such crisis until you're very very old.
Get better Jim! You're in my thoughts for a speedy recovery!
Damn Jim that's crazy! I hope you have a speedy recovery and are back out on the water slinging flies soon.
Very sorry this happened to you but also very relieved that you were able to call 911 as soon as you did. Best fishes for a full recovery day by day. Keep the attitude up and the patience intact.
If you are typing as well as you are now the in the early days after your stroke you will likely continue to get much, much better. This is good and hang in there buddy. Maybe lay off the pinks this weekend, but plan on more fishing this summer!
911 is an important call- Neurologists can give clot busting drugs with better outcomes within 3 hours, by 5 hours the outcomes are worse but it still remains important to show fast to the ER. Interventional Neuroradiologists can sometimes insert catheters into the arteries in question and retrieve or bust up the clot if clot busting drugs by vein are unsuccessful. Perhaps what is more important is that the Ambulance bring you to a stroke center, the more isolated you are, the less likely they have a well-oiled machine in the ER along with neurologists and neuroradiologists to get you triaged and treated quickly. That's part of the reason programs like Swedish are busting their asses to get telemedicine stations in outlying WA state hospitals to let centrally located Docs triage clot busting decisions and hospital transfer decisions based on a facilitated exam..
Important risks for stroke include high blood pressure, high blood sugars, high cholesterol, high homocysteine, heart valve irregularities, heart rhythm issues, untreated sleep apnea, tight carotid or vertebral arteries, migraine hx particularly in women over the age of forty on estrogen containing hormone replacements, and smoking histories.
For ischemic stroke below the age of 50 there are a bunch of blood-and other- tests that need to be done to see if there are inherited or present risks of easy clotting that necessitate something other than aspirin therapies.
Stroke ought to scare the hell out of everyone. Just like understanding the meaning of sudden onset chest pain, getting familiar with strokes and how they present is important. It's a little like witnessing a drowning, the things that show are absent skills. Watching stroke develop is not particularly dramatic like convulsive seizure
I had an ischemic stroke. I have a smoking history, but not lately.
I have a condition in my heart around 8% have, a valve that doesn't close 100%. That can cause clots. There are medicines to manage that.
I'm still waiting for the neurologist to examine my heart and legs scans.
I think I'll need to practice everything including fine motions to tie flies. My typing is getting good so watch out OMJ for my post count!!!
Thanks Boot. Very informative. Thanks for sharing current knowledge.
Good luck Jim. That'll teach you to mess with the cat.
Like I should worry.
Stay Strong Brother. Scary as Shit.
My gosh, Jim! I'm glad you're okay. A stroke can happen to anyone at any age. Take your Aspirin.... just in case.
That is terrifying, I'm just glad you were able to make that call and get the treatment you needed to save your life and bodily function. It seems like you are doing fairly well and I wish you a complete and speedy recovery. Stay strong mentally and I know you'll make it back better than ever.
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Thanks, Gary. I'm planning to go after Pinks this weekend. I understand its best to "get right back on it." Better not to wait - relearn fine motor skills quickly.
Don't worry I drive the boat left handed!
Hope you're still in!
Jim, let me echo everyone's wishes for a speedy recovery.
And hell yes go fishing for pinks this weekend!
Hang in there.