Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday (March 4) for my dad--survivor, veteran, child of God!

68 and holding strong!

A veteran of the Vietnam era, fisherman, hobbyist, antique collector, survivor of rare brain stem stroke, recently baptized ...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! (aged to perfection)

 IF God brings you to it, He WILL bring you through it
  When dad went through his stroke in 2001, I heard this slogan that day and have always remembered it!
He had God there helping him recover and you would never know that he even had a stroke.

God Bless you Dad! We love you ! We are proud of you!


Always remember to get treatment ASAP if you have unusual symptoms! 

The most common symptoms include difficulty in speech, lack of body coordination, difficulty in general body movement, temporary or permanent paralysis on the left or right side of the brain which cause paralysis on the right and left side respectively, uncontrolled movement of the eyes and breathing difficulties that can trigger a coma. (My dad had uncontrolled vomiting also.)

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding language
  • Sudden trouble seeing with one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

 “It is important that the public and healthcare professionals know all of the symptoms of a stroke and are aware that some brain stem strokes heave distinct symptom,” Dr. Bernstein says. “Patients need to receive treatment as soon as possible to promote the best recovery.”
Like all strokes, brain stem strokes produce a wide spectrum of deficits and recovery. Whether a survivor has minor or severe deficits depends on the location of the stroke within the brain stem, the extent of injury and how quickly treatment is provided.
 Brain stem stroke is highly dangerous and can kill if left untreated immediately because the stroke interferes with the flow of oxygenated blood that is essential in the purification of the blood and in getting rid of harmful body toxins.
Risk factors for brain stem stroke are the same as for strokes in other areas of the brain: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, atrial fibrillation and smoking. Like strokes in other areas of the brain, brain stem strokes can be caused by a clot or a hemorrhage. There are also rare causes, like injury to an artery due to sudden head or neck movements.  (Dad had a car accident a week before this stroke)