As a high charged manager with aggressive determination to excel in every phase of my career, I thought I was indestructible. I figured I could do everything and anything with no problem resulting. Little was I prepared for what happened overnight.
My job during those days was very stressful. In addition, my personal life was in chaos. With an unfaithful husband, two small sons and one who was heading into his teen years, my life was in turmoil. Even being married, I was virtually a single parent. The stress of management, home and parenting must have taken its toll as overnight something in my body changed.
Never realizing I had suffered a mini stroke, when arriving at work one morning, I realized my speech was not the same. I was having problems getting the words to flow smoothly. Not that it was very noticeable, but at times, the words seemed to just not come out as they should. Even some of the simple words used everday eluded me. I would try to remember simple words used for years, but they were lost to me. The very next problem noticed was while walking down a hall with no carpeting and no obvious obstructions, I stumbled.
Dismissing these actions as maybe just being a bit clumsy, I put them aside and paid little attention untilthey began tooccur more frequently. Over and over again I would stumble and simple words eluded me, then in meetings, my speech would slur while talking without warning. When I realized this was not something that could just continue as it would effect my ability to supervise, I figured I had to control and get the issues corrected somehow.
Slowing down my speech and walking slower making sure each word and step were mastered very carefully with deliberation was vital in maintaining my respect and even dignity. Even if not noticed, I felt every step taken and every word spoken were being monitored by superiors and if not superiors, subordinates were sure to observe and even mark any slight issues they noticed especially when I had to provide guidance or disciplinary actions.
It took several months to maybe a year before I was able to control the problems, but finally, there was no stumbling, no slurring. The problems were completely cleared. I had corrected whatever caused these issues to occur. Several times i mentioned the problems to my family physiians asking him what could possibly cause these symptoms to occur.
Each time I was asked several questions, a physical was performed but nothing was diagnosed as out of the norm. In otherwords, the diagnosis came back that I was completely healthy. Short of a few allergy issues here and there, a headahe due to stress here and there and a bout of hereditary High Blood Pressure, there was nothing that could be found causing the problem experienced.
Several years went by and the medical condition of mini strokes was diagnosed. Reading about it prompted a discussion with my present physician. Based on the symptoms I experienced, I was informed I probably had a mini stroke but since such a long period of time had passed, there was no way it ould be diagnosed at this time.
If you feel even the slightest difference in the way your body is functioning, call your health care provider immediately. It may mean the difference between life or death.