Complex migraine or mini stroke/TIA?

Hello fellow bloggers!

Its been awhile. 

So on June 1st, 2017 as I was driving, my right leg went numb and useless. Well it had already did it earlier that day but I paid no attention to it. I thought maybe I had been sitting too long so I got up to walk around and it never came back to normal at all.

I ignored it like I ignore everything else until it was time to drive home and it became dead weight. 

Of course this was cause for alarm as I got on the highway and felt the leg so weak and uncontrolable, I called my husband who (thank God) had exited the same exit I was about to so he pulled over to wait for me so he could get behind me. 

So after awhile, my right arm felt weird and when I looked down at my hand it was shaking really bad so I put my phone in it but it dropped, it wasn’t working like it should so I put the phone in my left hand and googled stroke since I was stuck in traffic and felt something was off but not that much so when I finally got thru traffic, the right side of my face felt strange. I reached up to touch it and it felt weird, so I called my husband and told him that I couldn’t make it home and not to panic so luckily the fire station was up next so he told me to pull in there so we pulled up in there and I was transported to the hospital by ambulance. 

CT scan came back negative for stroke (CT scan does not show a hemorraghic stroke for 24 hours) and since I have a mechanical heart valve and an implanted spinal cord stimulator, I cannot have a MRI so 24 hours later another CT scan was done and no sign of a hemorrhagic stroke which is excellent but what happened?

I stayed at the hospital from June 1st to June 5th because guess what? My right hand had closed up and my right leg was no longer working and all I wanted to do is know if I was imagining this. 

I’m too young for this.

It was nerve wrecking.

On June 5th, I was transferred to inpatient rehab so I could learn to walk again and use my hand again. 

I was walking by the 7th of June but my hand took a little bit longer so I was there until the 13th. 

Neurologist said either a mini stroke or complicated migraine caused the issue since complicated migraine (migraine with or without aura) stroke like symptoms straighten themselves out fairly quickly…in days… than a stroke (can be months) unless its a mini stroke which symptoms should correct themselves in 24 hours which mine took a little longer.

I’m now mobile and all but ever since the 1st, I have had a headache every hour on the hour. Sometimes I get some hours in between. 

I have suffered from painless, ocular migraines (blinding visual disturbances such as visual zig zag lines known as migraine with aura) for about 3 years but never have I had a daily headache since I suffered from cluster headaches years ago which I am told, they came back when they want to. 

My PCP who I have been with for 15 years said I had an anxiety attack or it was my fibromyalgia. I don’t believe anything he says since he told,me a few years ago that my fibro that I have had for 11 years now was all in my head. This is the same doctor who didnt believe my heart valve was bad even when he knew a cardiac catheterization was done while in the hospital but now I’m questioning if I had made the whole right side paralysis up. 

I mean…I was in the hosptial trying to will my leg to move and it wouldn’t. I had to take my left hand to open my right hand that wanted to stay closed but it hurt too much to stay closed. 

It’s mind boggling when you just don’t know what happened and when you feel your mind is playing tricks on you.

“Was it the Zyrtec D I got when the doctor told me just to get regular Zyrtec since I shouldn’t take any decongestant with my blood thinner”?

“Was it the birth control pills (that have a high risk for stroke already but increased the chances when coupled with blood thinners) that I fought my ob doctor for since I had run out of treatment options even though my cardiologist approved me to have them”?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

The questions go on and on. 

I just don’t wanna be the girl who cried “stroke” and there was nothing but a complicated migraine and beside her is a doctor who has her believing it was all a dream or something I pretended. 

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Thanks for reading 💞

Don’t Let Insomnia into Your Life

Don’t Let Insomnia into Your Life

When Women Inspire

This woman in bed has insomnia Sleeplessness. What causes it? Image via Flickr.

By definition, insomnia is ‘habitual sleeplessness or an inability to sleep.’ The words seem harmless, but the condition definitely isn’t. Imagine nights of staring at the clock, exhausted but unable to get any sleep. It can strike anybody, at any time and lead to major health issues, including depression. Yet, few of us know enough about the condition to protect ourselves. For many of us, insomnia is one of those distant things that happens to other people. Is it any wonder, then, that it can floor us completely?

Like with any health-related issue, the best way to avoid the problem is to know more about it. For one; what causes insomnia? You can’t take steps towards prevention without knowing. The bad news is, this is a tricky issue. Many factors could cause problems, and there are different forms of insomnia…

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The Book of Negroes

There is an app that you can download to your Android device (not sure of Iphone) that gives you a summarized version of the Book of Negroes book series that is on Hulu. The Book of Negroes is a story by The Canadian novelist Lawrence Hill. He wrote The Book of Negroes  that was in 2007, published in the United States as Someone Knows My Name (there was controversy in the U.S. about using a title with the word “negro” in it). It is inspired by the African Americans who were resettled in Nova Scotia, and some of them who later chose to go to Sierra Leone, where they created a colony of freedmen in Africa. He features Aminata, a young African woman captured as a child; she is literate and acts as a scribe to record the information about the former slaves. Those who founded Sierra Leone have been described as settlers who “brought America to Africa”. The book won the top 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

I watched the entire series, and it is disturbing but not as gruesome as other movies about slavery I have seen like 12 years A Slave or other movies that show the lynching and hanging of black men and women.

It is a very interesting and engrossing historical account about the beginning of slavery all the way to the abolishment of it. 

Lawrence Hill wrote: “I used The Book of Negroes as the title for my novel, in Canada, because it derives from a historical document of the same name kept by British naval officers at the tail end of the American Revolutionary War. It documents the 3,000 blacks who had served the King in the war and were fleeing Manhattan for Canada in 1783. Unless you were in The Book of Negroes, you couldn’t escape to Canada. My character, an African woman named Aminata Diallo whose story is based on this history, has to get into the book before she gets out. In my country, few people have complained to me about the title, and nobody continues to do so after I explain its historical origins. I think it’s partly because the word ‘Negro’ resonates differently in Canada. If you use it in Toronto or Montreal, you are probably just indicating publicly that you are out of touch with how people speak these days. But if you use it in Brooklyn or Boston, you are speaking in a deeply offensive manner if you were to use such words. When I began touring with the novel in some of the major US cities, literary African-Americans kept approaching me and telling me it was a good thing indeed that the title had changed, because they would never have touched the book with its Canadian title.”

 

Check this out on Hulu or Amazon Video or just download the Book of Negroes app to your phone and watch clips and read this riveting story.  (link to the app below)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thesecretlocation.bookofnegroes&hl=en

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Queen Sugar

Hello bloggers!

I do not know how many of you have Hulu but if you do please be sure to check out Queen Sugar.

It is an Oprah Winfrey production so it was and might be still on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).

The story captivates me and I see a lot of me and my family’s struggles in it.

One been in prison so he has a record and just can’t catch a break.

One who is self righteous and judging others and never looking in the mirror-throwing bricks at a glass house.

Then we have another that has everything but really not everything since her whole life is full of so much deceit and lies that having everything means having nothing when you don’t love yourself or others and so she is knocked off that high horse real quick when everything in her life comes to light.

It is so real and about real life issues that I cannot give it away but you should check it out.

It will have you laughing and crying and angry all at once.

I do not know why it is titled Queen Sugar at all but it is a must see movie.

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Hello cool/cruel world!

Hello bloggers!

I know it has been awhile but I have been so busy and am working on so many writing projects on top of regular work schedule and cooking and cleaning and squeezing a few gym days in between to stay healthy and fibro flare free (which is working marvelously…may I add…lol).

Next up is a story that I will be writing for my auntie which will be from her mouth that I will put on paper.

I released my mother’s story titled “Secrets Best Kept” on May 5th so hopefully I will start to push out more work this year and trying to maintain my sanity.

It just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day when you work and work but I relax just as hard when I can to make up for it…lol.

It is the day after Memorial Day and I am sure some of you have leftover bbq and etc that you have for work or just later on when you can get to it.

I hulk smashed mine during my lunchbreak which is like…NOW! LOL

I have consumed my lunch and now am sitting down and writing to you all.

Hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend (for those who could)!

Be blessed and be a blessing!

 

 

Secrets Best Kept by Tisha @athrhopedestiny #Christian #FridayReads #memoir

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Secrets Best Kept

Title Secrets Best Kept

Author Tisha

Genre Contemporary Christian Non-Fiction

Publisher PenPoint Publications

Book Blurb

From prison to pristine, from jail to justice, from hell to heaven describes all the things the woman of God in this story went thru and got thru.

The bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 

God never puts more on us than we can bear. 

God always step in on time.

He doesn’t come when you want Him but He right there in the nick of time.

This story is a riveting tale of triumph over trial and tribulations when you have God on your side and it confirms…

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