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On February 26th, 2012, I began my day just like any other. I woke up, got myself a coffee, and I headed off to work at the Jubilee Home as a housekeeper. Once I began my work I started to have weakness in my right side and my speech became a little slurred.
The ambulance was called and I was rushed to the Lloydminster Hospital, and after observations, CT scans, and receiving TPA (a blood clot buster), I had a severe bleed on the right side of my brain.
I was then rushed to the University Hospital in Edmonton where I had a drain inserted into my brain and received a tracheotomy. I spent four weeks in the ICU and one week in the Neurology ward. After five weeks at the U of A I was transferred back to Lloydminster to be closer to my family and to began rehabilitation while I waited to be accepted into a rehab facility.
On April 4th I was sent to Two Hills, Alberta to join the SAGE (Stroke and Geriatric Empowerment) rehabilitation program and I was discharged from there on May 18th, 2012.
I give so much thanks to that team; I don't think I would be where I am today of it wasn't for them, and I also need to thank them for getting me involved with LABIS and with the Out-patient Stroke Clinic in Lloydminster.