So after hearing that I had a stroke at the hospital, I made a prompt call to the neurologist on Monday. They were able to get me in the next day and in I went. The PA put me on a high dose cholesterol medication and a daily 81mg aspirin as preventative medicines for stroke control. I proceeded to get headaches daily. I would get them for the next two to three weeks daily, some days worse than others. I had a note to get a special screen cover for my work computer monitors at home. They are still working on that order. I have missed about three days of work because of headaches that made it to hard to focus on anything safely, especially at work.
In the next week following the neurologist appointment, my neurologist PA wrote an order for a MRI and angiogram, both with out contrast. Fine. Then in the next week after that, I got a mammogram results call stating I need to come in as they found a small mass. Of course I had that ultrasound/special mammogram test scheduled for the same day I was going up anyway for the neurology tests. So, I scheduled myself for a super stressed Tuesday in about a month from then. It seemed so far away back then. Time went by, and the headaches started to subside slowly. It took at least a month to be able to blog as screen work was hard. I had to reserve my screen work energy for my job, so the blogging had to take a back seat. I worked on my Pilates and my eating regimen with Weight Watchers.
Soo the weeks passed and I had great friends who were there for both the mammogram and the brain tests. It was nice to get through stress with friends. It definitely took my mind off the actual tests and results. It turned out the mammogram just revealed cysts (two) and they were no big deal according to the radiologist. Yay! So I had magazines to keep me company when my first friend left after those results were read. Then a couple great friends came to meet me for an early dinner. One of them actually stayed with me for the tests. Then we celebrated the end of Stress Day with a beer down on Broadway. Life is so much better with friends. I am so blessed. I certainly could have gotten through the day on my own, but having irreplaceable friends to take my mind off the stress of the anticipated results made the day that much better. Days later, I got the results and they basically just confirmed I had a stroke, but couldn’t detail for me when it happened.
Since then, I have been told my cholesterol levels are way down (well, duh!!) and my headaches remain under control for the most part. As mentioned in my previous post, I never heard from the virtual reality game player again. I never contacted him either. Maybe things are best left in the past. As for the future, nothing much changed from hearing about the stroke and having the concussion, except I am super aware of how fragile a good health history is when you get older.
Stay tuned for me to get back in the saddle on my fitness/health and relationship posts. I just wanted to explain to all of you why I had been so out of touch lately!!