After Robb broke his back, he spent five weeks in a brain-and-spine rehabilitation hospital. There were many times when I had to wait around, outside of his room, pacing around, watering the plants, and re-re-re-reading the posters discussing the symptoms of stroke.
So, when the right half my face went suddenly all pins-and-needlesy today, I did not mess around. I drove back to my studio as carefully as I could, and immediately called the advice nurse service provided by my health plan. I was pretty sure that they would tell me that I was over-reacting, but I wasn't willing to take any chances. Other than the weird tingling of my face, and the bone-weary-exhaustion from this week of work, I felt as healthy as ever.
As much as I was willing to discount the whole thing, the nurse I spoke to did not take my symptoms lightly. In fact, she told me how she had ignored these very same kinds of symptoms herself, had "just gone to bed" and woke up the next morning having had a stroke. She told me to get to the hospital, right away. She also said that she would be thinking especially hopeful thoughts for me.
Sheri drove me to the hospital, and waited around until I got in to see a doctor. Robb showed up just as I was called out of the waiting room.
By that time, my tongue was tingling, as were the backs of my legs, and the bottoms of my feet. But I wasn't experiencing any stroke symptoms. My blood sugar was fine. I was tired, and a bit goofy, but my brain was apparently fine. Maybe I had experienced a tiny fleeting something-or-other on the left side of my brain. If so, my weird little symptoms were the residue of that tiny brain twinge.
They sent me home, and told me to schedule a neurological scan.
My tingling parts just mostly feel dull and heavy right now. There's still a little pins-and-needles. And I'm a bit woozy. Thank goodness that it's the weekend, and I can stay off of ladders for a couple of days.
The technician who did the second blood test joked with me by saying, "You've just had a weird-ish experience." I completely agree with her assessment.