Hello Everyone! Bella here! (also known as Benjamin’s beloved)
I wanted to make a post to help educate and inform all that sit around Brother’s Campfire.
Before I had a stroke I never thought about it or even really knew what it was. Now I know very clearly what a stroke is.
I want to educate others so that if they ever come across someone who’s having a stroke or if they’re having one themselves they know the signs and how to get help. The likelihood of needing to know this information is very high.
Every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke. Also every 40 seconds someone in the USA has a stroke and with treatment becomes a survivor. The probability of you coming across someone that you know that either has had a stroke or that can have possibility have a stroke is pretty high.
So what is a stroke? A stroke is defined as an interruption of blood flow to or in the brain. This could be by a blood clot or a hemorrhage.
I would like to adress a few misconceptions on this topic.
The first misconception is that you have to be old to have a stroke. This is not true.
I had a stroke and I’m 39 which is not old.
At least in my opinion.
Approximately 79,500 people that have a stroke are under the age of 45 and over 4,000 newborns incur a stroke and over 2,000 children a year as well.
It never really occured to me until recently my daughter was one of those newborns. They didn’t label it a stroke, but she did have hemorrhage in the brain. So far, by definition, it would qualify as a stroke. If you would like to hear more about that here’s a link below to a blog post that was written about that time.
If you’re interested in my perspective of my daughter’s birth, comment below.
The second misconceptions is that you have to have poor health in order to have a stroke.
Granted, if you eat a healthy diet and exercise you can help prevent a stroke. However, health does not indicate whether you will have a stroke or not. Those that have had trauma or have high blood pressure are more at risk. Before I had my stroke I was walking 3 to 6 miles a day. I was intermittent fasting to have my body help repair itself. During my eating hours, I was trying to include vegetables and proteins, and fats with lower amounts of carbs. I was taking vitamins at the time for any nutrition I might have lacked.
The day before I had my stroke I ran a 5K in 37 minutes.
Not to mention a few weeks before I had done the incline in Manitou Springs. I felt good. I was feeling healthy, I was losing weight, and I felt like I was in the best shape I had ever been in.
Then, on December 2nd out of nowhere, I suffered a stroke, the doctors say they don’t know why I had a stroke they said I didn’t have any markers for blood clots in my DNA. They said I looked healthy no high blood pressure. They said it was unexplainable and they kept asking me if I had had any trauma to my head.
There are three different types of strokes,
Ischemic stroke, Hemorrhagic stroke, and a mini-stroke.
Ischemic Strokes are 87% more likely to happen. An Ischemic stroke occurs when there’s a blood clot obstructing the blood flow to the brain.
Hemorrhagic stroke is when there is a rupture of a blood vessel in the brain therefore starving the brain that is no longer receiving oxygen.gray matter does not like blood and if there is lose blood in the brain it will cause damage
Mini strokes can happen when there’s an electrical misfire in the brian or can be classified under one of the other two but generally more minor.
I had an ischemic stroke on the right side of my brain however later I found out that perhaps I might have had a hemorrhagic stroke as well because I did have bleeding on my brain.
Now I’d like to inform you on how to know if someone is having a stroke. Some of the signs are:
1. One-sided weaknes
2 tingling or numbness sensation
4 slurred speech a person might not be able to speak words that even make sense.
5 dizziness or vomiting
6 face droop
If you think someone is having a stroke, you should ask them to smile and check for face droop you should ask them to lift both arms and see if one hand might not be able to lift like the other. If they can’t smile with both sides of their face and one side of their body is unable to lift, this is a sign that a person might be having a stroke.
If someone is having a stroke they need to get the medical attention right away. Call 911.
CDC guidelines say that if a person is seen within three hours of from the onset of a stroke that person is a lot less likely to have disabilities after the stroke. The treatment for an ischemic stroke is a clot-buster or surgery to remove the clot. Treatment for hemorrhagic stroke is to be closely monitored by trained physician and brain surgery is possible. Not getting medical attention can lead to permanent disability or death.
It is better to be safe than sorry. Every life has a great value and should not be calculated by medical bills.
I hope that this information might help someone in the future to help them to be more informed about strokes.
The effects of a stroke can be very devastating; individuals can lose the ability to understand their spoken language and their ability to talk. Your memory can be erased. There is a possibility a person might have to learn how to read again and how to do math again. There is a great likelihood to need to learn how to reuse your limbs to walk and your hand and arm to move.
The longer you wait to receive medical attention, the more severe the damage can be to your brain.
Thank you for reading this post if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.