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Discussion in 'Hawaii' started by raycie, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Aug 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM
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    raycie

    raycie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Just an FYI and eye opener for all my Tacoma brothers..

    Last Friday (4 days after turning 37), I woke up at 3:30 in the morning with a bad headache. The dog was barking so I got up to let her out. I could not walk straight at all. My son (4) for some reason got up and told me that he had wet the bed. When I tried talking to him, I found it weird that my voice was weak, and it had gone 2-3 octaves higher. My left-side lips and face were also numb and tingling.

    Knowing some of the signs of a stroke, I turned on the light, smiled in the mirror, raised my arms, and said my ABCs. (all things I could do). I went back to lay down, but knew deep that something was wrong. Called a neighbor to watch the kids, and told my wife she needed to bring me down to the ER.

    Even the ER nurse and the Dr. didn't think I was having/had a stroke because all of the "common" stroke symptoms (sagging smile, speech, etc) were not present. Sent me in for an MRI that confirmed that yes, I had suffered a minor stroke. Spent a couple nights at Pali Momi and was released Sunday. Not fully 100%, and don't feel like I should be driving yet, but getting better. Neuro says I should make a full recovery. I know that I was very fortunate and blessed that it was not as bad as it could have been.

    I am VERY glad that I had life insurance (even a 30-year term policy). I was actually undergoing an increase to my current policy, but possibly that is now in jeopardy. I read that a stoke may make you non-insurable. Neurologist has classified it as a Vertebral Artery Dissection. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertebral_artery_dissection Kinda crazy that this is often the case of head/neck trauma, accidents, and unfortunately (in my case) possible chiropractic adjustments. (this is not a slam on my Chiropractor who I do like a lot - but maybe just a "be careful" with neck adjustments).

    Case and point and moral to the story..
    -Have fun, enjoy, love, live pono (for me Godly), and make the most of the one life that we do have.
    -Know the signs for different things (i.e. stroke, heart attack) cause you never know if you may need to know it for you or someone you love.
    -No matter, make sure you plan in advance for your family. (If I didn't already have life insurance, I would have failed as a husband and a father to provide for my family if I were to ever die early, cause I may now be uninsurable). I feel even if you are anywhere in your late 20s/30s and not married/kids, but plan/want to have them one day, go get some (even a little) now..

    Funny, a month to even a week before, I was personally changing out my Dakar leafs, adding in my top plate spacer, changing out a steering knuckle/spindle, and stressing over my recon appointment..
     
  2. Aug 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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    Jester243

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    Wow, glad you made it and good luck on a full recovery.
     
  3. Aug 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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    Pugga

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    x2, scary stuff! Glad you're going to be alright :thumbsup:
     
  4. Aug 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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    Shooter808

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    Glad to hear you are going to make a full recovery. Your text the other day just threw me for a loop! Let me know when you're free and I'll help you do the install.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM
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    raycie

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    Yea.. was laying there Sat and see that my lights were delivered. Then Sunday when I came home, started reading the instructions for the 12v relay. My father came over on Monday to help out with the kids and had him watch as I installed the resistors.. lol..

    I'm not a take it easy and do nothing kind of guy. Lol...
     
  6. Aug 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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    Stumbled across your post! Terrific comments and thank you for sharing. Thoughts and prayers for a continued speedy recovery! :)
     
  7. Aug 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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    MightyMouse-SCT

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    Glad you sought help quickly . Hope you make a full recovery .
     
  8. Aug 7, 2013 at 1:27 AM
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    huli467

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    Hang in there braddah and nice to see that you're on your way to recovering.

    Aloha!
     
  9. Aug 7, 2013 at 1:35 AM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    glad to hear you're still kicking

    i cant imagine how scary that mustve been
     
  10. Aug 7, 2013 at 1:39 AM
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    MGMTacolover55

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    Glad you are better!! Do be careful with neck adjustments since your nerves run through there
     
  11. Aug 7, 2013 at 2:03 AM
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    TacomaG26

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    Glad to here your good now, however some of them things scare me to think do to some of the same issues i have felt, i have had neck problems also...
     
  12. Aug 7, 2013 at 2:09 AM
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    ekahi1

    ekahi1 CUZ I CAN

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    I'm glad your doing better...and also happy to see you care enough about your family to get term life insurance. Stories like your is why I'm so passionate about being licenced in life insurance and only selling TERM all others are just RIP OFF'S Remember this saying "bye term and invest the difference": And if any one needs FREE advice about life insurance or financial planing. Hit me up.
     
  13. Aug 7, 2013 at 4:06 AM
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    Glad to hear your OK now Neil. some pretty scary stuff. being as you're only 37, I have to ask, what do you believe could have caused the stroke? just the adjustments? and good point about the life insurance, having a family, it really is necessary.

    Great of you to offer this info. years ago, when I learned of the various type of life insurance, I purchased term insurance policies for both myself and the wife, later adding secondary term policies after we had kids and our income increased. and for anyone interested, be aware that term policy costs increase as one ages so it's best to get them when relatively young, though policies are available for substantial periods of time ( I have 30-year policies amongst others, which were also less costly than my employers optional life insurance ).
     
  14. Aug 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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    raycie

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  15. Aug 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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    Skinny Rogers

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    Prayers for a quick and full recovery
     
  16. Aug 7, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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    ekahi1

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  17. Aug 8, 2013 at 4:05 AM
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    Hey glad to hear it wasn't too serious and hope you back to better then before REAL soon!

    Thanks for posting this gives us a reminder and a heads with with this.
     
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  18. Aug 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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    Holy Crap! Neil, I'm glad you are ok. Hope you feel better asap!

    -Conor
     
  19. Aug 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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    That's crazy, glad you made it ok. Wish you a speedy recovery.
     
  20. Aug 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM
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    Wow, just goes to show how precious life really is. Thanks for sharing your story with us, definitely got me thinking.
     
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