14 months ago Nov. 25, 2009, the day before Thanksgiving, I was standing in an unfamiliar place with my daughter, my fiance' Terel, his dad, and Terel's two sisters. We had gone to Texas to see family so we were not at home, Oklahoma. We were on our way to eat dinner when I felt something different crawl up my right leg. The feeling was almost to the point of feeling dizzy. I looked to my fiance' wanting to tell him I didn't feel well and my little girl came up to me all smiles. She asked if she could go with the other girls. She was wanting to ride with her new friends - now Aunt Kayla and Aunt Mandy. I just nodded my head unable to speak. As soon as she was out of hearing range I told Terel that I didn't feel well. I said that maybe I just needed to sit down so we headed for the truck.
The feeling wasn't getting better but I am lucky that both guys were with me. I was sitting up front trying to process what I was feeling and going on with my body. I was loosing feeling on my right side. My now father-in-law was asking me all kinds of questions and Terel was holding my left hand from the back seat. There was mention of heart attack and the next thing I knew that crawling feeling was at my throat. I told them and immediately we were going to the hospital. We weren't even on the main road. I remember seeing us go around vehicles and hearing the clicking noise of the hazard lights. My father-in-law had called someone explaining where we were, what was happening, describing the truck we were in and any other information as we continued to head to the hospital. The whole time I told myself to not be afraid and held onto Terel's hand.
When we arrived they told me to stay in the seat. They helped me get out and took me right inside to a small room with a table, cabinets and medical devices. I don't remember much the next few days, only Terel having to leave my side and closing my eyes.
I remember having tests but not all of them. I was at the hospital for approximately 20 days. At first when I woke up, (a few days later after going in and out of sleep), my speech was slow and I had to think of the correct words. I could not feel much if not any feeling on my right side from head to toe. When people would place their hand on my right shoulder I wouldn't even know they did or that they picked up my right hand. I worked a little bit each day at using my right hand even if I couldn't feel and walking, oh my what a challenge that is when you can't feel. I had a hard time trusting a foot and leg that I didn't know existed and a balance that was way off. Before I left that hospital I did walk about 20 steps to the room next door. It was just me the last week I was there. Terel had to go back to work before I was released because we weren't married at the time and his work would not let him stay. The nights were really lonely but thankful for cell phones, nurses and the visitors I did get from time to time.
Finally getting to go home, with wheelchair and some therapy instructions, I couldn't wait! My blood pressure was the reason for my stroke, a bleed, vein burst in the left side of my brain. I wasn't out of the clear...next thing I know I am back in the hospital in Oklahoma on December 20, 2009. More tomorrow as needing a break from memories...Thanks for reading.