I’m an ER doctor who was the first person to perform a neurosurgery on my wife, a few months after my first stroke.
I was diagnosed with stroke, and I was lucky enough to have a family member who could drive me to the hospital.
My wife had the stroke.
When we were discharged, she told me that she didn’t feel good.
I told her I was going to try a neurocardiogram to find out what was wrong with my brain.
I also had a CT scan, and my wife was asked if she could see the image of the brain.
When she was shown the image, she said, “I’m fine.”
She said that she knew it was something she could never understand.
When I went back to my wife to tell her that she was fine, I asked her to read me the news.
“This is the first time in my life I’ve ever been in the hospital with a stroke,” she said.
“It was so painful, it was so hard.
The first time I saw the scan, I cried.”
When I told my wife about my experience, she broke down.
I couldn’t even say that I was OK.
“I thought you had brain damage,” she told my husband.
“You just had a stroke.”
“It’s a common stroke,” I told him.
“We don’t have any brain damage.
But you are going to have to deal with the aftermath.”
We went to the ER to get checked out.
My son, a pediatric neurosurgeon, said that my wife’s stroke was a common condition.
I went to see him.
He told me, “There are a lot of strokes like this.
And the only thing you can do is stay calm and keep going.
There are so many people who have strokes like that, and it’s just a matter of time.”
My wife’s story was one of many shared by many others who had to deal in my hospital.
As a neurologist and a physician who specializes in stroke rehabilitation, I was trained to recognize and treat common strokes.
Most patients had experienced a stroke before their stroke, but my wife had been the first to undergo a stroke.
She had never had a prior stroke, which was one reason why I knew that her stroke was likely a stroke of some kind.
When her stroke occurred, I could not tell her when or why.
I felt as if she was still in shock, even though she was able to speak.
I could see that she had been very emotional.
I asked my wife how she felt, and she said that her son had been crying.
I said to my husband, “You know what, this is going to be hard for you.”
We had two weeks to plan.
We were going to drive to Texas to see our son, who was just a month old.
I remember asking my wife if she would want me to drive with her, and after we got there, I said, I can’t let you do this.
She said, that’s OK.
I’m not going to say anything else.
I can tell you what I did.
We drove around for three hours to my home in rural South Dakota, a short distance from the hospital where I worked.
I stayed with my wife and her son in the car, and we spent three hours at a time in the living room of the home where I lived.
After the drive, I went upstairs to get some food and went to bed.
About three hours later, I woke up.
I looked at my wife in the bathroom and saw her crying.
She just sat there.
She was in shock.
She did not know what had happened.
I explained to her that there was no brain damage in my wife.
I put my arm around her, put my hand on her knee and said, You know, you have a stroke, I know.
I tried to comfort her and told her that I had been with her for the past three days and that I loved her.
My heart was in my throat.
I realized that I wasn’t thinking straight.
I had to leave the room.
My brain was going blank.
I turned to the computer and went through a checklist.
I wrote down the next few minutes.
I sat down and wrote down a few words that my brain thought I was saying.
My mind was blank.
But I had a vision of my wife crying.
My thoughts were fuzzy.
I thought about my wife sitting in the bathtub crying.
It’s difficult to say, “Yes, my wife did have a brain injury,” but I did remember her saying, “It is like a flood.”
It took me a few minutes to realize that I did not think correctly.
I started crying.
And I felt sick to my stomach.
I did some research and looked up brain imaging. I saw that