This is my story, I hope it inspires someone out there.
In the early morning hours of January 6, 2018, I woke up after falling asleep on the couch, and could not sit up. My right arm, shoulder, and hand was numb. It felt like everything was distorted, the room was spinning. My head hurt so bad. I felt like I was going to be sick. I couldn't stand, so I crawled to the restroom and sat on the floor by the tub, and leaned up against the wall. I was feeling confused, I was clammy,,the light was so dim. I had my cell, and tried to call the emergency line, but it seemed like it took me forever to dial. I couldn't remember the lock code. I couldn't dial the right #'s. I finally got through, tried giving the operator my address, but kept getting the #s all mixed up. I had no idea what was happening to me. He told me to get to my front door and unlock it. I crawled back to the living room, unlocked the door, and just laid on the carpet, my breathing felt very faint, and I just waited until I heard them coming.
I remember seeing boots everywhere, they were asking me questions, taking my vitals, and for the first time since this started, I felt safe. The next thing I remember, is having a CT scan and an MRI, and them telling me I had suffered a stroke. The official diagnosis: Cerebral Infarction due to embolism of left vertebral artery.
The pain in my head was severe, and the dizziness wouldn't stop, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I had no strength. To go to the restroom, I had to use a walker, and my daughter had to help me into the shower. I'm a grown woman! This felt humiliating, I felt so hurt and broken inside. After about 6 days, I was released to go home. I had home rehab therapy, for about a month, therapists, and a nurse. And then I was alone. My family had their own lives to get back to. They had to work and take care of kids. I was confused as to how I'd move forward now. I had a list of medications, that I didn't know anything about, or what they were for. What do I do next? I did not expect to feel so weak, sometimes extreme depression, not wanting to see anyone or talk to anyone. I didnt feel like ME anymore. I didn't want to be a burden. Nobody to lean on, comfort me, or make me feel safe.
I read a lot about my condition, trying to gain knowledge about what happened to me. Recovery is a long process, you cant just fix it. Life comes to a screatching halt. Looking back, the last 6 months of 2017 , I didn't feel right, I knew something was going on. My blood pressure was way up, as was my stress level. As I was searching for more answers about my condition on the net, I came across a health forum where people were sharing their after stroke stories, as I kept reading through, I came across an individual that wrote his testimony on how herbal treatment had helped him to fully recover from stroke.
I thought about it all through the day, and as my curious self wouldn't let go, I replied his comment on the forum and asked him some questions on how the medicines he took helped him. He later directed me to visit the Facebook page of someone, a Pharmacognosist, whom he says usually prepares herbal remedies for Stroke management. After going through his posts on Facebook on how he treats chronic ailments, I later contacted him. But at first he said I should go for a lab work, and to also check my hormones, and after presenting him with the data, he had me on his herbal meds for Stroke.
2018 though, was the most difficult year of my life. I am blessed to be able to still walk, and talk today. Everything still works. It could have been so much worse. I realize how blessed I am to be here, and thank God every day to be alive. I'm so thankful to my family, the herbal healer and medical personnels at the hospital. Before now, I used to have occasional cognitive issues, concentration, thinking of the right words are an issue. I had numbness and tingling in my right hand , and constant pain in my fingertips. But today, my strength is now more than what it used to be. And since my full recovery from Stroke, I have been living a stress free life day by day. My neurologist is now sure the high blood pressure is no more, no more Sleep Apnea. I would be first to admit my exercise and diet are not on point, but I have been trying. There are many things I want to do, much to learn. I want to make the rest of my time meaningful. My kids and my parents kept me going. Love fills my heart. There are so many people and friends that make me want to be better, do better, and I love them all so much. I dont know what my future holds, but I'm a strong soul....I'll never give up. I'm a survivor.
You can search/visit the Facebook page of this herbal healer "Dr. Shaba 24hour Herbal Center " This is my story, I hope it inspires someone out there.
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