The day it happened, my mother was playing bridge with friends. Actually their sessions were as much gossip as cards.
She was supposed to have come over afterward, but she called to say she was not feeling all that great. Her hands and arms were tingling and she thought she ought to go home.
I decided to go by her house then and there, and when I got there dad said she was sleeping. Which was extremely unusual. So we checked on her. She was laying on her back and drool was dripping down her cheek. And as dad said, her mouth looked crooked. We sat her up. She tried to say she was fine, but the words were slurred.
Fifteen minutes later we were in the emergency room. It had been less than an hour since she had called from her bridge game. They took one look at her and she and I were usher straight to the treatment are while dad sorted out the paperwork. I was asked to wait outside the cubicle as she was hooked up to monitors. After a while, a doctor came out and said she had had a stroke, a fairly mild one, and that because we had reacted so quickly, things were looking pretty good. Her stroke had been caused by a blood clot in her brain and they were administering drugs to break up the clots. He explained that if a patient received treatment within 90 minutes or so of the attack, the clots were broken up and the damage limited.
Dad and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Her blood pressure was goodish and so she was moved to a room. She slept on and off over the next day and dad and I rotated shifts. Mom was fairly calm, but seemed confused and her speech was still slurred.
Over the next few days, she had some physical therapy (mostly working her weakened hands) and a speech therapist evaluated her and said that there would be a gradual improvement in her speech. But that it was not possible to say how long it would take.
It was a slow process. Once home, mom continued to go to the hospital to work with the therapists. While there is a certain deliberateness in her speech and some weakness on her right side, she has made a good recovery. Six months on and things are pretty much back to normal.