After a hard boot camp style workout (and possibly not enough food or sleep for the manfriend), we drove home and the manfriend said the sports talk radio sounded like a foreign language so he turned it off. When we got home he went to lay on the bedroom floor because his head was hurting so bad and he felt like he was going to throw up. I didn't think too much of it and wanted to get some food in him.
Then, as I made him get up for dinner, he started having memory and speech loss. The moment he asked me where he worked, I lost it. It even took him a moment to remember my name and Jonah Bell's (the dog) name!
I called my dad and every medical friend we know, googled stroke and quickly shuffled the manfriend into shoes and coat and out the front door.
Sobbing the entire drive there, just trying to keep him awake and trying to answer my questions to test his memory was just miserable. I missed a turn to the hospital and couldn't stop wondering if this stuff would ever come back to him.
Several hours later, we were seen by a slew of nurses, doctors, neurologists, etc. Cat scan, spinal tap, cardiogram, etc. he had it all done.
One doc asked him who I was and where he worked and it just game out like complete gibberish. Talk about terrifying.
After hours of concern, fear and waiting later, the doctors confirmed it was a severe migraine, which has the tendency to move around and effect different parts of the brain (speech, memory, etc).
The manfriend was released less than 24 hrs later. Just a few weeks later, newscaster Serene Branson had a very similar incident on air. It was such a relief to see it and hear other medical professionals examine her case on the news. Here is the video of her incident.
Since that day, he's been without a migraine. As I said before, you never know when something bad is going to happen. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and always trust your gut! No amount of money saving would have been worth waiting and wondering if he'd be okay.
Now is the time to be thankful for the ones we get to spend our time with, who make us laugh and who we wouldn't want to live without. I'm thankful for our health and happiness this year.
I hope you're having a Healthy and Happy 2012!