Thursday, June 16, 2011

Different Strokes For Different Folks

Ah vacation.

It was a lovely plan: a few days in Yosemite for a wedding, a couple days in San Francisco with some friends who live there, a day in Sonoma, a day in Monterey, and then back to San Fran to fly home. My wife and I were really looking forward to it.

But it was not to be. The wedding was Friday--we made that--held at the top of Glacial Point in Yosemite park. Gorgeous!

The next day on the way back to San Fran, I had a stroke. I spent Saturday in ERs getting tested, and Sunday and Monday in the hospital getting tests and results and recovering.

Yeah, a stroke. I'm 31. Over an entire week I usually run about 10-12 miles (6-8 in one run, a few smaller ones during the week), and lift weights 3-4 times. One of the nurses noted I had the best cholesterol profile in the hospital. My resting heart rate was so low (from being in good shape) that nurses were worried when I went to sleep.

And I had a stroke.

Spent nearly two days not being able to walk because the damage ruined my sense of balance--though I can now walk again, so it has been a very speedy recovery. And 3 days of a 7-day vacation were spent in a hospital in Fresno.

I was released Monday evening, and we made it to San Fran that night. Had a great day Tuesday with our friends--good way to end the vacation--and spent all day yesterday coming back home (that 3 hour time shift really does make it a full day of travel!).

And now I get to make some more doctor appointments and try to get in to see a cardiologist and a neurologist sometime this week or next and see where I go from here.

So that was my week.

How was yours?

Wes
is doing very well. The whole stroke, from why/how it happened to the speed of the recovery, has been baffling doctors. 

2 comments:

Richard said...

I'm glad your whole vacation wasn't ruined. Hope the problem is something minor and they can fix easily.

(This is also a test to see if my comment posts._

Wes said...

Yeah, I'm "bright side" kind of person, so I wouldn't let a stroke ruin a vacation. Course, I am having a bit of difficulty seeing a silver lining in this one.

Thanks for the pro-tip about the weirdness with blogger comments. Glad to get that sorted out.