Keep On Truckin'!
Date: Sat Jun 29, 2002 9:29 pm
Subject: Some Health Advice: Keep on truckin'!
I was not going to give details but have decided I
would like to share my experience with you all, in
case any one here goes through
the same thing....you'll know what to do.
Well, the fact is that I had a TIA--a mini-stroke.
Fortunately, I was not paralyzed, but my speech
was severely affected, as was the language/speech
center of the brain that controls writing and typing
I had been very fatigued the day before. Then,
the next morning I got on the computer and noticed
that I was making a ton of errors typing. My normal
60 wpm typing became quite an effort, even to
deliver 25-30 WPM. I also could not write, as the
language message was not being received properly.
(It looked like a schizophrenic's writing--all squinched;
now, it's improved....more like...bi-polar off meds.
Since I normally work at home, I didn't notice the speech
problem until later in the afternoon when I actually had
to speak. I drove over to the doctor's and was informed
that I had experienced a TIA--a trans ischemic attack.
From his explanation and online research I did later,
I learned that my speech would probably completely
return within 1-2 months. Hospitalization was not
I was devastated, since I was about to start interviewing.
Every time I had to write something or sign a check, I
cried. It was a downer.
The doctor was reassuring, though, that it would all come
back in time, as a swelling occurs on the brain during a
stroke, which must subside. Blood pressure had to be
lowered, since that is a trigger.
He said the greatest danger would lie in depression
Well.....that wasn't going to happen! I wouldn't let it!
So, I decided to keep studying and take the exam...to
give me a purpose and goal in life. I thought to myself:
one can let depression sink in lamenting what was and
all the problems stemming from it or one can focus on
what could be and the possibilities that come from it.
I chose the latter. After requesting an accommodation
(with a letter from the doctor)--more time to take the
exam because concentrating was difficult--I was
granted an extra 1.5 hours. (I needed every minute of it!)
Within 4 weeks, my speech had returned about 85%
and my writing and typing were coming back. I was
fortunate enough to get a temp job for 3 weeks
telemarketing for a charity, which really helped my
speech--paid speech therapy--and writing! lol Now,
I'm consulting again part-time and applying for work,
as I would prefer to work full time, as there just isn't
enough work consulting.
My speech has almost returned to normal. I just have
to enunciate a little bit more to avoid an occasional
Da Femme is back!