September 21, 2012

I Had A TIA

What's a TIA? It's a Transient Ischemic Attack, often referred to as a mini-stroke. I'm ok but it was super weird.

I was totally fine, just sitting, talking to my kids and all of a sudden, I couldn't understand anything they were saying. I could hear them talking, but it was like, I couldn't process what those words were or anything. I kept asking them to repeat themselves, thinking, ok just one more time and I'll get it. But I still didn't. I started crying in confusion and went into the other room, and could barely walk. This went on for about 20 minutes. I couldn't understand speech nor say what I wanted to say. It was really scary and  very strange.

I was soon feeling fine and normal, albeit bewildered by what had occurred, so I went on Google. All signs pointed to TIA and that's just what the neurologist said I had.  High blood sugar, blood pressure  and cholesterol are risk factors, so he ordered some tests. The next day I went in and thankfully everything was OK except my cholesterol is a little high. Not high enough for them to prescribe anything for it but I have to eat better and exercise. I'm taking baby aspirin, daily, for life and B12 as well.

I'll tell you, that'll definitely give you motivation. I no longer just want to eat right and exercise to be thinner, but because I'm damn scared as hell.  Up to 20% of people who suffer a TIA will go on to suffer a stroke within 90 days. You better believe I joined the gym.

 If by any chance someone suffered something similar to what I described and Google brought them to this post, PLEASE go to the hospital. A lot of people brush it off and think it's no big deal since you feel fine soon after the event. Go. Now.

44 comments:

  1. SubhanAllah! that is so scary!
    I'm so happy to hear that you're ok now, alhamdulillah!
    Please take good care of yourself dear sis.
    Your family must have been shocked too!

    Big hug and kiss Arezu

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    1. Thanks, yea. Alhamdulillah.

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  2. OMG Mona! How scary. I'm glad you are ok and taking care of yourself but sorry you had to go through that. Health is so precious and one of those things we take for granted sometimes. May Allah bless you with a long healthy life.

    Take care sweety!

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    1. Thanks, that's true, we do. Ameen, thank you.

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  3. Ya Allah alhumdullah your okay now. My grandfather had a stroke and it was that way for him he could never say things right and would call things the most weird names and then get so upset bc we did not get it and he could not say what he meant it was truly sad. Please take care of yourself so this does not happen for good inshAllah.

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    1. Thanks, yes, I will.

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  4. Wow Mona I'm so pleased you are ok! Take care of yourself!! Thinking of you xxx

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  5. Subhanallah. I'm sorry you had to go through that, it sounds terrifying! Alhamdulillah you're ok now, and inshallah you'll be in the clear for the next 90 days. Stuff that comes out of nowhere like this is so terrifying. You'll
    get thru it inshallah. Take care xx

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    1. It was but Alhamdulillah. Thank you :)

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  6. I hope with my life you don't suffer a stroke. My aunt had one and I cannot bear to look at her. May Allah protect you from that. You're kids don't deserve it, nor do you.

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  7. I'm so glad to hear you are ok now. What a scary thing to have to go through.

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    1. Yea, thanks, alhamdulillah.

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  8. Alhamdulillah, you are ok Mona. I got such a fright just reading this! My family has a medical history of everything bad...heart problems, hypertension, etc. etc. :(

    You are making me think, that I really should start eating better and walking again...

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    1. Thank you, washi. I hope you do.

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  9. I'm so happy that you're ok for now. I wish you the best of health for you and your family.

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  10. Anonymous2:10 AM

    I am glad you are OK now,just be carfull of what you eat and continue your exercise daily,it was just a wake up call..

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  11. Alhamdulillah your ok! That must have been scary, esp as we get older these things are going to occur! Good motivator to get healthy, my hubby and I are on a health kick too. Sis look up clean eating recipes. It makes sense and is extremely good for u take care xxoo

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    1. I'll look that up now, thanks. I need to find new food ideas because all my old ones are crap!

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  12. Good God, that sounds terrifying. Yes pleas please please do something about it. Last month, I got sick and ended up with a collapsed lung and needing major surgery, so your health is no joking matter.

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    1. Oh wow, Jessy, I had no idea. I haven't been on Twitter in a long time, don't know if you mentioned it but wow, I hope you're feeling ok. Thanks.

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  13. Mona that is terrible. I hop that will be your first and last. I cannot begin to imagine what you felt... the helplessness... inshaallah it will not happen again and you will do what is required to prevent it... there is nothing like health, once it's gone, it may be too late, God forbid!

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    1. Thanks, yea definitely.

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    2. Mona, Glad you are well!!
      7amdellah 3ala salamtek ..

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    3. Thanks, Allah yeselmik, Dr. N

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  14. Oh so glad you're ok Alhamdulillah! Sounds so frightening! May Allah give you success in your efforts to improve your health xxx

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    1. Thank you, Ameen, I'm trying!

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  15. So glad you are ok. What a scare!!!

    I hear you on the "not losing weight / being healthy" just to be thinner...I also have had my share of scares and have started to eat healthier and am doing some at home dvd workouts/jogging here and there still.

    I have to get my blood drawn for testing...I'm actually terrified of what they'll find. I was borderline diabetic last year and I'm sure my cholesterol is through the roof. Add to that my frustrations w/the kiddos here and there (especially shrimpie b/c...my goodness, let's just say we were spoiled w/the big 2). aggravation = high blood presure, I'm sure.

    Keep doing what you need to do to take care of YOU :)

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    1. Thanks, I hope your results are ok. I hear you on the aggravation. Good God do I hear you!

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  16. How scary, I'm glad you're ok now! I've had really bad migraines with similar symptoms when I was pregnant and a couple times after, it's terrible. Inshallah you don't have any more problems like that.

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  17. Anonymous5:10 PM

    I am so sorry to hear this, Mona :( my prayers are with you..
    The mrs.

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    1. Thanks, The Mrs, I appreciate it.

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  18. Salam Mona,
    how are you doing?I'm really sorry to hear that you felt so bed.I send you a strong hug and I hope that now you're doing much better.
    Your Jasmina

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    1. Thanks sweetie, I am :)

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  19. I'm just getting to this now -- alhamdulillah, I'm glad you're okay now. I'll be thinking of you & insha'allah you'll be okay in the future. (((((HUGS)))))

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  20. That happens to me a lot these days.

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    1. Hey, that's not ok! You should go see a doctor, Hebah.

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