Woke up sometime in the middle of the night needing to get up and make a trip to the bathroom, things feel kind of fuzzy but I think I am just not quite awake, I make it to the doorway and reach for the light switch not sure if I hit it or nor but I do remember a flash of light and now everything is out of focus.
How the hell did I get on the floor, I am actually between the wall and the toilet, I can hear the echo of Cindy’s voice asking if I am alright, I say yea I think I am OK, Cindy asks me again “Jimmy are you all right?” I again tell her "Yes I am OK", it sure sounds like my head is in a barrel because her voice is coming in echoes, she is now in my face asking “Jimmy can you hear me? I’m going to check your sugar” I tell her "Yes I can hear you!!", She checks my blood glucose and it is normal and again she says you need to talk to me, stay with me Jimmy stay with me....
I had about the same luck getting the paramedics to respond to me because I know I am talking loud enough for them to understand me, but they are acting like they don’t hear me, must be some kind of sick joke I am thinking as they are now loading me onto the gurney.
To cut to the chase this was how I saw my first Stroke, I evidently was not responsive and was out on the floor, Cindy called 911 and got me to the hospital, I remember everything going on around me or at least I think I do, and I actually thought I was talking to everyone but evidently not. My right side was gone including the function of my face on that same side, I had a busted head and a broken rib but was in pretty good shape don’t you think, seriously it scared the hell out of me and it lasted a couple weeks I am thinking before the right side came back, everything came back except the strength in my legs and my job status, that was about seven years ago and to look on the bright side this just may be the best thing that ever happened to me.
You can get so caught up in life that you start to miss the important things, I guarantee you that something earth shattering like this will change your outlook on things and I pray that all of you don’t wait for something like this to come about for you to appreciate the little things that make you happy.