wings and things


on December 3, 2012

After Anthony’s hospital adventure yesterday, the hospital doctor rang me and said that the CT scan didn’t show anything and that she surmises he is having TIAs (mini-strokes) and this makes a lot of sense to me because I have seen him have these strange ‘turns’ a lot over the last few years. When I did a bit of research, all descriptions of TIAs were an exact match so, even though a TIA can’t be picked up on a scan, this does seem to explain these episodes. The trouble is – like yesterday – he just looks as if he is asleep and it’s only when I try to rouse him that it becomes obvious that something is wrong.

The nursing lodge staff want to watch him carefully for a week and I’ve been advised not to take him out, so that’s fine. I mean, I haven’t been taking him out lately anyway, because it is so difficult to lift him and all that. I rang and spoke to him and he said, “Maybe I should just step in front of a truck!” and I reprimanded him but of course who can blame him for feeling like this.

32 responses to “Mini-strokes

  1. gus57 says:

    Oh, Julie. Poor Anthony. Thinking of you all.

  2. victoriaaphotography says:

    Sorry to hear Anthony’s comment on the recent events, but I guess there comes a time when all chronic illness or terminal illness sufferers feel that way.

    It must be hard when you lose your independence and have to rely on others for all your daily personal hygiene and care.

  3. Robyn Lee says:

    So you do think he has been having the TIAs this whole time Julie ~ but never dxed? Gosh – so scary. No other way to check except the CT scan? Feel awful for him ~ and you. Scary episode that was. Praying he doesn’t have more of these… xxxooo Love to you ~ R

  4. susielindau says:

    Hang in there girl. It must be so stressful…

  5. terry1954 says:

    my brother has had one TIA, and he walks with one should drooped now

  6. bulldogsturf says:

    Sorry to hear this Julie or is it a consequence of the parki..??? … thinking of you…

  7. I’m sorry to hear that. It’s good that he’s in a home where he’s taken care of. It would be way too much for you to do.

  8. oldsunbird says:

    Oh, dear Julie, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. I’m so sorry.

  9. tersiaburger says:

    Oh Julie. I just don’t have words for you! I know with Vic when she has a bad spell I sometimes wish it would just end, for her sake. But then she bounces back, and I am grateful. Anthony will bounce back again. They do feel as if their lives are futile and wrought with problems, indignity and pain. It is also normal for them to indulge in some self-pity. I wish you strength and courage dear Cyber Friend.

  10. TIAs can go unnoticed for a long time. We noticed that DMIL was behaving very ucharacteristicely and it wasn’t until she had a second “fall” and broke her other hip that it became apparent as she then had a major stroke .She kept insisting it had been a fall which was believed as she had very little sight anyway. With hindsight we realisee it must have been these momentary blackouts from TIA’s. Hope Ants gets the right treatment.

  11. artfulanxiety says:

    I couldn’t blame him.

  12. Well that would make sense. I’m sorry that Ants thinks about stepping out in front of a truck. I can understand why he would feel that way though. What a hard time for both of you. HUGS

  13. mrs fringe says:

    All I can say is I’m sorry, this sucks for all three of you. I hope you are finding some peace, somewhere, in the midst of these heavy, heavy days.

  14. Colline says:

    It must be so hard for him: being away from home and experiencing all that he is.

  15. poor guy – all this stuff happening is so hard to take in and understand–much less go through- (hugs) for you

  16. Jo Woolf says:

    Honest but heart-rending – I can only send you our very best wishes and kindest sympathy.

  17. dcwisdom says:

    I’m sorry, love. Yes. Just telling you that Dad’s last stroke make him unable to swallow which did him in. His body functions failed after that. So hard to watch. I’m uplifting you with my prayers.

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