I opened the door to the first guest arriving for my Astrology card party, which I was throwing for friends who supported my efforts in creating this new game. My guest handed me a hostess gift, walked in and appeared to be acting strange. She did not respond to our questions. Thinking she was perhaps overheated on such a hot day, I had her come to the table for a cool drink. Before she even got it, she suddenly fell backwards into a tall chair, rather than forward into my party table, thank goodness. She gave all appearances of having suffered a stroke. She could not raise her left arm or feel her left leg. Her mouth drooped also. We immediately called 911. She was able to verbalize slightly at that point and she pointed to her handbag on the floor, which we got for her and she reached in for her cell phone and opened it to the phone number we should call. I made that call and told them what I knew. At that point, the Emergency team arrived, less than 10 minutes after we called them, followed by several firemen and then several more emergency personnel arrived. They took care of her and then prepared to take her to the hospital emergency room.
All of this was occurring as the rest of my guests were arriving, seeing all the emergency vehicles out front and it was very chaotic for awhile.
The good news is that she will be fine. Although they were unable to bust the clot and had to fly her to another hospital which was highly rated for radiology intervention, they were finally able to retrieve the clot and the feeling returned to her left side. After some physical therapy to strengthen her leg and arm, she will get to go home safe and healthy.
We were told the next day that our ability to recognize the symptoms of stroke and give her an aspirin and my husband’s prompt call to 911 all went a long way toward getting a good outcome for her. A friend with medical training suggested an aspirin and held her up where she was sitting on the floor, trying to fall to the left. She was able to swallow the aspirin with a little water, but otherwise we would have put it under her tongue.
She is a little bruised from falling into the chair, but very happy today. I had to remind her that we know she is a LEO and Leos love drama. She certainly provided that for us!!
There is much to be grateful for….she drove 30 minutes alone to get to my party and made it safely inside my door. She fell in the best possible position if she had to fall. Her home is pretty far away from a hospital, and she would not get such prompt attention had it happened before she left. So, if it had to happen, she was in the best place for it! If it had occurred once the party was underway, the party would have stopped and ended right there, but best of all, she will be okay!!
The party slowly got going, but it took us awhile to get the food and drinks all out and greet the rest of my startled, worried guests; and then settle us all down to share how to play with these wonderful, colorful new astrology cards.