Meet Marg the MRI machine. I just had to get up close and personal with Marg whilst my head was strapped to the bed to be scanned for a possible TIA (mini stroke) or blood clot. I woke up yesterday morning with no feeling or movement in the left lower side of my face and it’s still not returned at all, in fact it’s gotten worse. I went to work as normal and my colleagues became concerned that it was worsening, so I took their advice and went to see the GP. The GP I saw was amazing, she went through my medical history and quickly decided to call the Stroke team on call registrar. After taking their advice, they jointly decided to send an ambulance in order to admit me via the “stroke pathway”, which would have had a CT machine on standby and other interventional medics ready to diagnose or treat what was suspected as a mini stroke. After 3 hours and 4 calls chasing the supposedly urgent ambulance my GP was devastated they didn’t arrive but let me make my way to hospital with my mum. We were promised I would still be accepted on the pathway but apparently that wasn’t the case, we went into triage, did a stint in majors and then we were moved to minors unit for a CT and a proper review of my symptoms. So about 9 hours after seeing the GP I was admitted on to the Stroke Ward for further tests and possible interventions. I have only just (18 hours later) been given wrist bands and only at 7am this morning was I given medication for the headache I have been struggling with, but now the MRI is done it’s a waiting game for the results which will hopefully tell us something about what’s going on. The registrar today thinks this is an episode of Bell’s Palsy which is about to get worse as the week goes on (and it has gotten worse in 24 hours already) or a TIA and I will need anticoagulation treatment. If neither of those theories are correct I will be allowed home (providing its nothing worse of course) and will be in daily to outpatients in Neurology for further studies and testing. I am half hoping to go home and then half hoping to just get sorted once and for all. It’s really knocked my high level of confidence I felt on Monday. Feeling a little deflated and worried.