Yesterday I was taken into hospital with a suspected TIA so spent the day in Acute Stroke Unit - most have been the quietest day of the year as was seen immediately on arrival by consultant and taken for Scan, bloods, ECG, urine etc. and I was the only patient in the 6 bed bay I was taken to. When does that ever happen? Evidently never been known before. The care was excellent and so different from 2 previous experiences of A&E in May.
Unfortunately all the usual symptoms of TIA can’t be distinguished from Myasthenia symptoms. Scan came back clear, but evidently that isn’t definitive. Eventually after various clinical observations and exams it was decided that there was a 50:50 possibility of TIA as there was some ‘subtle permanent weakness’ on my left side.
Discharged when most of the more severe symptoms cleared in early evening but told I can’t drive for 4 weeks, which I understand but as always when something else comes along that means a little more of your independence is limited, am p******d off about it but hopefully nothing more will happen. I was told that I was on the correct medicine (Apixaban) and there was nothing more they would do or suggest so as long as I have Home support they didn’t need to keep me. Thankfully my neighbor (a nurse at the hospital) called the ambulance and came and advocated for me, bless her! Large bunch of flowers coming her way! She has known me for 10 years and knows my symptoms very well was able to talk their talk as I found it really difficult to get words out. Speech is fine again now though.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has had a TIA in their experiences and recovery. I feel a lot better today, headache gone and weakness much improved but still have face droop but can smile again. My BP is still up a bit, high for me but would be most people’s norm at 130/80 whereas yesterday it was 160+. I feel much brighter this morning but very tired.