Jim had a stroke nearly ten years ago.

It took over a week for him to be diagnosed following a visit to the GP after having problems in raising his left arm. His diagnosis involved delays in seeing a doctor at the hospital and a night on a ward with not much explanation as to what was happening.

It was only on the following day that a friendly physiotherapist sat down with him and explained what was going on. “I had a mass of questions to be answered – ‘what is a stroke’ and most importantly ‘why me?’

Jenny woke feeling very dizzy and with no vision in her right eye.

She had difficulty conveying to her husband that she felt ill because her speech was rapidly going and she had problems walking.

A catalogue of GP and hospital appointments, including one where she was dismissed as being drunk and given a leaflet on alcohol problems as she was leaving, meant that it took over a week for her to be given a brain scan.

David experienced a double stroke during a four hour operation for prostate cancer.

On coming round from the operation David realised something was seriously wrong. Only his wife took notice as the staff put it all down to the anaesthetic. It took a week to see the neurologist and for the stroke to be confirmed – too late for any treatment.

Being healthy no one suspected he had a patent foramen ovale (PFO) which allowed the clots formed during the operation to reach his brain.

For more information about strokes, visit the Stroke Association, Fighting Strokes and Different Strokes.

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