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As the year 2007 came to an end the only thing I knew about stroke was that it had something to do with the heart and it could leave you crippled. My own stroke struck without any of the prelude music or fanfare most television hospital shows provide. What woke me up, I know not. I did wake up. I did (somehow) stand up on my own two feet. Then my left leg crumpled from under me and I struck the wall a resounding blow with the whole side of my body. Dazed and uncertain I tried to push myself away from the wall with my left leg.
Nothing moved down there. Well, okay I thought, I’ll just reach behind me and pull myself away from the wall by grabbing the bed with my left hand. The first rumblings of shock came when I realized my hand could not feel the bed. Almost immediately a second shock came rumbling in its track: I had no idea in the world where my left arm was or if I even had one to find.
I’d like to say I cried for help at this point. Actually, I screamed for help! My wife shut her computer down and came in to see what the problem was. “Where is my left arm?” “You’ve had a stroke!” she insisted immediately.
Now, isn’t that just like a woman? You ask a simple question and off the wall they come with some terrifying conclusion.
What IS a stroke, anyway? In two words, BRAIN DAMAGE!
The brain is so sensitive that just a little clot or a spot of blood in the wrong place can leave people afflicted with PERMANENT damage to their brain and or body, especially if they don’t get help immediately. That usually means calling an ambulance.
Most people live in their own little fantasy world where they smugly assume that ANY hospital is as good as any other, where ANY doctor is as good as any other doctor. They tune out the horror stories, or even assume that the blame ALWAYS lies with the patient — for not understanding some procedure – a procedure that they usually don’t even begin to understand either.
Consequently, long before a stroke (or anything else) happens we need to really focus on the fact that strokes are BRAIN damage and strokes will require highly skilled hands and keenly trained minds to keep us alive — and double doses of skill and training if it will require an operation to keep us from suffering permanent damage.
Which brings up lesson #1: Your emergency ambulance is not authorized to deliver you to anywhere except to the NEAREST hospital. Arguing about it is wasting your time and strength. The only exception is when the nearest hospital is full — or staff there admits it cannot treat your condition. With that rejection ringing down the ambulance then heads for the NEXT nearest hospital.
Because so many strokes seem to happen at night, and night staffs — in particular the night staffs at problem hospitals — can produce experiences bordering on pure nightmares! This factor is made even more serious if previous mix-ups with the hospital that just happens to be nearest to you may have left you embittered against it
Maybe you’ve heard too many people saying: “I wouldn’t send a cat there to be treated, much less a dog.” and if such is your case you will want documents and insurance already in place that can change your destination to some other hospital where you will at least feel safer, or at least help get you removed from the clutches of the nearest hospital as promptly as possible. If you are serious enough about this prejudice you’ll want insurance that covers private ambulance service to your choice of hospitals.Other Details
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