At about 9.30pm on Thursday, I was winding down after the children went to bed and half watching an episode of Casualty on BBC I-player when I had a Transient Ischaemic Attack ('TIA') or 'mini stroke'.
I could not move my right arm which felt floppy and when I tried to call my wife I found myself unable to speak at first and then my attempt at speech was slurred and almost unrecognisable.
I'd guess it only lasted 30 seconds to a minute and I felt entirely well almost immediately. In fact - and unwisely, I appreciate - I watched the last ten minutes of Casualty and had my first good night's sleep all week rather than calling 999 and heading for A & E.
The next morning I saw my GP who was great: clear, well-informed and helpful. I am now on aspirin and statins and, having been assessed as low-risk for recurrence, waiting for assessment at a TIA clinic within the week.
I would be interested in the experience of others who have had a TIA, particularly those who are in their forties or younger and low-risk in lifestyle terms. I am also interested in your experience of the practical implications - did you choose to tell friends or colleagues at work? How do you manage the risk of recurrence? What is your experience of the 'pathway' of care through the NHS bureaucracy?