It's been 8 months, 1 hour and 46 minutes since I had my stroke.
It seems like a lifetime ago.
I was only 48 years old at the time.
The blood clot in my brain didn't know that.
In the time since I was rushed to the hospital - completely paralyzed on my right side, I have had to make changes in my lifestyle. Bye bye sodium. Bye bye saturated fats. Bye bye sugar.
Hello Mrs. Dash!
I have learned to read labels, and what I see scares me.
Foods that are labeled 'healthy' - have startling amounts of sugar and sodium!
I urge each and every person to learn the symptoms of a stroke. It can make the difference between a full recovery (yep, I'm back to 'normal' now - whatever that is!) and permanent disability or even death. Every minute counts.
Learn to read labels - especially the amounts of sodium and sugar. You will be shocked. You will be HEALTHIER by knowing to avoid these poisons (I know, I know, all things in moderation!).
I thank God everyday for my miraculous recovery. The only two real residual issues I have are that my memory isn't quite what it used to be ... and when I get tired/agitated I start to slur like a drunken mad woman.
Please take care of yourselves. I want to keep all of my friends around for a long, long time.