It’s only a stroke, I will be back sooner than you might want

Kevin has done a great job holding down the fort here on jkOnTheRun while I have been goofing off in some hospital.  He gave you the basics about my absence but it’s time to give you the real scoop as to where I have been.  First up I want to give a huge THANKS to all of you who sent your well wishes, they have made me push to get back on the keyboard again which is totally therapeutic.  :)

Last Sunday night I was sitting in my study when I got very dizzy all at once.  I sat in the chair for a couple of minutes to see if it would pass and it did not.  I also noticed that the left side of my mouth was asleep, you know how it feels if you sleep on your arm and it’s tingly when you wake up?  Like that.  The two symptoms occurring at the same time made me fear I had/ was having a stroke given my history of cardiac affairs.  My wife was not at home so I lay down for a few minutes to see if I felt better.  When she arrived at home I called her in and told her I think I had a stroke and I needed to get to the hospital.

That’s where I have been since then and I have experienced a battery of tests including MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, and a lot of blood work.  The testing so far has confirmed that I experienced a mini-stroke in the back of my brain, but there is no detectable loss of function of any type as a result which is awesome!  This stroke was likely caused by a heavy spike in blood pressure.  My white cell count also indicated a massive infection so I may have brought something unintentional back from Vegas, maybe this could have been the reason the BP spiked up.  Who knows?  The three doctors who have been treating me feel I will probably be released tomorrow, which will be great as I hate hospitals.  I haven’t had a decent sleep since I got here, I need to go home to rest up.

I hope that I will get to go home tomorrow, that will depend on another MRI I am scheduled to get in the morning so hopefully that test will back up what has already been determined.  I am very ready to get home and to talk about all of the big things going on by some people called Apple.  Be back soon!

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