Had a huge scare last week.
Well guys. It's been a little while since I've been on. The day after my last post,(the monday after the Texas meet) I ended up in the hospital for a week. Doctors tell me I had some sort of trauma that caused me to tear an artery loose in the back of my neck. I don't remember hurting myself so the doctors named off a few things that could of caused it. Popping my neck, like a chyropractor was one I know I am guilty of. There were numerous other causes he named but that one probably sent up the biggest flag in my case. Long story short.... I had a bunch of tests run and was sent off to Houston to be seen by some of the best neurologists in the world. They ran some more tests and discovered that I had indeed tore that artery and had two small STROKES.!! I am only 38, reasonably healthy/active, have never smoked, and don't have any of the other symptoms that could of caused this so the doctors at home couldn't believe I had had a stroke. After the doctors in Houston did an arteriogram, they could plainly see the tears that had blocked the bloodflow to that part of my brain and caused the stroke. Two small portions of my brain are now dead, forever. At the time it hit me, I couldn't control the entire left side of my body, leg, arm, face, nothing, and collapsed. Luckily I was next to a phone, since I was alone at my house . I could barely speak. The doctors say that they are amazed at my rate of recovery. Said my age probably helped me along. I'm still not 100%. Might never be. I take a little longer to focus on things, my balance isn't what it used to be, I always feel like I have had a couple drinks, or some strong cough medicine, and I can't taste anything. This will probably limit me from doing some of the things I enjoy the most in life. Like riding motorcycles. At least for a while. I can do things like walk, and feed myself, talk, etc. so I'm thankful for that. But above all, I thank God I'm still alive for my family.
Remember people. Life is very, very fragile. It can all be gone in a flash. Love those that mean the most to you every day.:wink2: