Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Emergency Medical Technition - EMT

The Question: by Mary Runnalls - When you had your stroke how long did it take for you to get to the hospital? Do you think there were consequences because of that or not?

The Answer: by Gary Gray - Thanks for your question Mary. My first indication was when I went to order a coffee at a local coffee shop and I had no voice, none, nada. Next, Left side weakness. Fortunately they called 911 and EMT's arrived within 10 minutes. I blacked out before they put me in the ambulance. Even though there was a hospital only 5 minutes away I would be transferred twice and go to a special brain unit. Over 6 hours would elapse before they did the first cat scan. It confirmed a bleed deep in my brain. Family and friends were with me around the clock. After four more days they took a second cat scan. Then, the next day (6 th post stroke) I was transferred to an acute care hospital. On the 10 th day post stroke I was transferred to a rehab unit and suffered another episode during the transfer. It took me another 12 days before I came out of my coma. A full 22 days post stroke. I guess all things considered I am fortunate to be as good as I am. I spent another 60 days post coma in rehab and acute before I was released to live with my caregivers. There were still lots of issues to work through and another 9 months before I moved to the apartment where I continue to live a basic Independent life. Being able to drive and do some volunteer work came back about 12 months post stroke.Apparently stress was the main cause that made my BP go through the roof and cause the bleed. There have been others in our community that have had this happen to them. Unfortunately I can't talk to them because none of them survived. They say 20% survive. that's 1 in 5 or 2 in 10. It looks like I was the 1 in 5. What more can I say. : ) - Gary

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Stroke Education And Awareness Events Being Held

As part of the Public Awareness and Education connected with June being Stroke Awareness month I attended an information session at the Montague Rotary Library on Wednesday.

"Services for stroke survivors
Wednesday, June 15th at 2:30 p.m. June is Stroke Month. Judi Gosbee (Physiotherapist-Home Care), Anna Nabuurs (Team Leader-Home Care), and Joan Watson (Occupational Therapist-Home Care) will be at the Library to deliver an information session on services available to stroke survivors and answer your questions. This discussion would benefit stroke survivors, their family members, and caregivers. All are welcome!"

Unfortunately I was the only one who showed up for the event. (I guess stroke survivors and their families in Eastern PEI are being well cared for and didn't see the need to find out what services are available to them)

Melysia LaFrance  was also there from The PEI Heart and Stroke Foundation. Melysia brought along some copies of the booklet "Getting On With The Rest Of Your Life After Stroke"

I met Judi Gosbee a new home care Physiotherapist for the first time and she introduced me to a new product called the "Dictus Band" for drop foot.

I personally found the hour spent there to be beneficial and would recommend for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members  to attend similar events that may be held in your local area.