I had a stroke at forty-four. Sounds like fun, right? My book is, but having a stroke definitely isn't. Here a few videos and a form for your family (you are welcome to use and/or share links to this webpage so others can find it). One in four stroke patients are under 50, by the way - so it's worth a look!
How can other people prepare for this kind of emergency?
Remarkably, it is possible to prepare for an emergency where you can't speak and you can't walk. First, practice calling 911 with your kids. Actually role play being a dispatcher and taking their "call" - don't just tell them to call 911. Practice. They need to know your address, or be able to call from a landline if they don't. And they must stay on the line with the dispatcher until told otherwise. Second, use something like the Family Medical Emergency Form and keep it in an easily accessible place - on the refrigerator is a common practice. It has to be within reach of your kids if it isn't visible for some reason, so they can give it to emergency personnel. It should include all relevant medical info for everyone in the house, as well as phone numbers of numbers and other contacts. You are welcome to use or share the form we created (link above).
Tuesday started with breakfast and a stroke, at the age of 44. Yes, a real stroke. Home alone with her second grader and her baby, Kimberly knew something was wrong and didn't know how long she had to fix it. What followed was an extraordinary eight week medical adventure. Join her in a frank, and frankly funny exploration of hosting a neurological event, navigating hospitals and hospital roommates, and escaping through the world of the undead.
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