One month ago yesterday, our lives changed forever. We were up at Springdale staying the night with no kids and no worries. I finally got Mark up to Zions to hike and I was so excited! While laying down for bed, mid conversation nothing was coming out of my mouth. I was trying to talk but nothing would come out. Mark then noticed my left arm wasn't moving and pinched it several times and I wasn't responding. After 45 min of convincing me to leave, we headed to St. George. I thought we were going home, I honestly was too scared to go to the ER. Mark just drove straight to the hospital. By the time we got there my left side wasn't working, I couldn't speak, my left side of my face was droopy and my blood pressure was 215/151. I knew what was happening and was so scared. I have what's called Hyperaldosteronism or Conns Syndrome and this is what caused the stroke to happen.
This last month has been the hardest and scariest thing I've ever been through. I would wake up and just sob because it's not like the flu, you don't just get better. Any trauma to the brain is life changing. You lose filters... meaning I get overstimulated easily, I have no filter for patience and I also have forgotten words... This will heal in time... You truly never know when life is going to change, don't take things for granted. I'm finally walking but there's still a long road to go. More therapy for balance and also for my hand. But each day I'm here I consider that a blessing! #strokesurvivor #strokeawareness #foreverhumble #livelife