Friday, 24 February 2017

A Community Service Announcement

Dad had a stroke a few months ago.

There are two types of stroke: Bleed or blockage. He had a bleed from inside the vein that made it collapse in on itself (think of one tube inside another) thus creating a blockage.

It happened in his cerebellum. That's the part of the brain right at the top of the spine in the middle. They can pinpoint the exact spot.

14 student doctors came to study him because some of his symptoms were all wrong: He had strength when he shouldn't have. Two days after getting home from rehab he moved a tonne of dirt and built a shed in the backyard.

Since then he's built a second carport...So he's doing pretty well considering it was a major stroke.

Why write about this? Glad you asked.

A few months before Dad's stroke he was complaining of difficulty keeping his balance. It started small so we thought nothing much of it, but it slowly got more pronounced.

We thought it was just an ear infection...

...it wasn't...

Like a pipe that starts leaking, only a drip at first, one day it burst next to his cerebellum when he was fixing the clothes horse by bashing it with his palms. The shockwave up his arms burst the pipe.

The cerebellum controls balance.

We didn't see the warning signs.  We didn't have a clue.

To the 3500+ of you that read this blog every month, take note of balance issues with your friends and relatives or talk of ear infections. Just be aware.

In Australia, stroke fridge magnets talk about F.A.S.T. indicator signs. No mention or lack of balance as a long leading indicator. 

Hopefully, this information will help someone out there.

Another side effect of frying the cerebellum: After ~50 years Dad doesn't like smoking anymore.  The cravings are fried too.

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