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Patsy's story: I was not having any part of a stroke!

"...You know how it feels when a part of you cuts off the circulation and it kind of tingles for a while? Well the whole right side of my body was tingling... and it wasn't going away." She tells her story - not so others can do what she did - but so they will know "what NOT to do."

By Linda Waggener

Patsy Robertson shared her personal experience with a stroke eloquently and bluntly to a full audience in attendance at the awareness meeting held last week by the Adair Extension Homemakers in partnership with TJ Health Columbia.

She set the scene, describing a fun trip with her grandson Cody to a business convention in Indianapolis.

She said she spent quite a bit of time going from booth to booth, packing a bunch of informational brochures and booklets. They enjoyed a good dinner.

Her grandson decided to go check out the nightlife with friends he'd met at the meeting and Patsy said she went shopping. At about nine o'clock, she called her sister Nancy to tell her how the trip was going as she returned to her room.

She remembers getting in bed, having her iPad with her and that would be the last of her normal routine.

Patsy said she woke up in a different world.

When she woke later and attempted to go to the bathroom, she said she fell in the floor, fell into the sink and fell into the commode, all while trying to hold onto the wall and stand upright.

She said, "you know how it feels when part of your body cuts off the circulation and it kind of tingles for a while? Well the whole right side of my body was tingling... and it wasn't going away."

She remembers reasoning that the big bag of printed material she picked up and carried around the show and back to the room, followed by laying on her right side must have caused it.

"I thought, well I'll never do that again," she said, "if I can just get back in the bed."

She doesn't remember how she got back into bed but when her grandson came in, he asked, "what in the world is wrong with you?" Her head was at the foot of the bed and her feet were at the head of the bed and he could tell something was wrong.

She told him she thought she pinched a nerve and was just going to rest. She listened to his report of enjoying the evening with friends he'd made at the convention.

During her sleep nothing changed for the better, so she called her daughter Sonja who is a pharmaceutical rep in the healthcare business.

Sonja demanded to know where Cody was and told Patsy, "Mom, you've had a stroke!"

Patsy was trying to remain calm. "Uh, no - I told my daughter in no uncertain terms that I thought I had pinched a nerve. No stroke!"

Sonja was in Corbin, KY and demanded her mother get Cody up, give the sleepy boy instructions and then call Shelby, the nurse in the family.

Patsy followed her daughter's directions. She realized, still insisting no stroke, that whatever was causing it, she was unable to get out of the room on her own. Cody called for a wheelchair.

She said, "I ignored the look of alarm on the bellman's face when he delivered the wheelchair and worried about Cody gathering my clothes up, having no idea how to take care of them. I was still insisting no stroke."

Through several conversations with Sonja and granddaughter Shelby, she refused to be "put in any hospital in Indiana", and it was decided UofL is where stroke patients are sent from home. South to Louisville is where she directed Cody to take her.

When they got downstairs to begin the trip, she said, "it took three bellmen to get me into the car, all asking if an ambulance should be called. No."

At each exit as we headed south to the uofL hospital, Cody would ask, "Nana, shouldn't we pull off to this hospital?"


"Cody said after two or three times asking this, and me refusing, "well, you do know a stroke will go ahead and kill you, don't you?"

"Still trying to remain calm, I said no, it would've already killed me if it was going to since it happened last night.

"Cody got me to UofL, got me a wheelchair and rolled me in. Admissions asked me when it happened? I told her about midnight the night before and she looked at the other nurse on duty and said, 'well she's out of the window.'

"I had no idea what window she was talking about. I had never heard of a stroke in our family - nobody could've told me I would have a stroke. If they HAD told me I'd have a stroke, I would never have listened! That just wasn't something that was going to happen to me.

"I think when I finally realized, and excepted that, yes I have had a stroke, was when they handed me a pen to sign my name on the admittance form ... and I could not hold the pen in my hand."

She was in the hospital for a week. Then she was sent for rehabilitation.

She welcomed rehab because she was ready to fight her way back!

You can find the rest of Patsy's stroke survival and ongoing recovery story on her Facebook page. She is thankful to the Lord to be alive and thankful to her family, the doctors and nurses and the Physical Therapy folks who helped her rebuild her strength.

This story was posted on 2019-04-01 07:00:25
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Patsy Robertson speaks about the dangers of strokes

2019-03-29 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
Patsy Robertson shared her personal experience with a stroke, what she did wrong and what she advises people to do differently. She ignored numbness and falls and waited overnight to go to the hospital. She feels very thankful to be alive and have minimal problems.

The Adair County Extension Homemakers, led by President Sharon Harris, partnered with TJ Health Columbia to bring awareness about the dangers of a stroke, how to spot them and how to prevent them, at an event at the Adair County Extension Office on Thursday.

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