2018 has not been a great year so far for my husband.
Diagnosed with high blood pressure, a visit to A&E via ambulance one evening for kidney stones and then last Monday another A&E visit in an ambulance that turned out to be pretty serious.
Around 8.30pm last Monday my husband and I were sat on the sofa. I was reading a book, my husband watching TV. Nothing out of the ordinary.
We’d had a good day and were just starting to unwind after putting our girls to bed.
Suddenly my husband, Nigel, started to feel unwell. The symptoms came on very quickly.
Blurred vision, numbness in his left arm and leg.
We rang the out of hours GP who put us through to 999.
90 minutes later a paramedic arrived and called for an ambulance.
I watched helplessly as my husband was wheeled out of our house.
I called my step-daughter to come to ours. I couldn’t go with my husband because our six year olds twins were fast asleep, but at least if my step-daughter was there, if I needed to go and bring Nige home I could.
I didn’t want the girls waking up without Mummy and Daddy there as I didn’t want to worry them.
When Nige arrived at A&E he waited on the ambulance for three hours due to bed shortages.
When he went into resus, he had a CT scan on his brain which showed some damage to one side. This indicated that Nige had, had a stroke.
Stroke doctors visited and ordered more scans and tests.
It was confirmed, Nige, had, had a stroke. He was very lucky this time around that he recovered well from it, and the damage to his brain is minimal, but next time he may not be so lucky.
The most likely cause of the stroke was his high blood pressure. Of course, this has been a massive wake up call for Nige.
He knows he needs to change his lifestyle, quit smoking and get healthy.
He has five children who all love him dearly, me (his wife), and his mum too.
When you have children, you have an obligation to look after yourself. To make sure you keep yourself fit and healthy so that you can be in your children’s lives for as long as possible.
Sadly, I know all too well what it feels like to lose a parent when you’re young, and it’s something that I don’t want my children, or step-children to go through for a very, very long time.
Here’s hoping that the follow up appointments will put Nige on the right path in terms of controlling his blood pressure, and I must admit that Nige has made a huge effort to quit smoking. That’s after the girls and I binned his cigarettes. Stay healthy x