my 27 year old husband had a stroke, is there anyone else who has gone through this?

Erika - posted on 03/24/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I've been searching for almost 6 months now for someone I can talk to or relate to about something I had to go through recently. I am 23 years of age married to literally my best friend. He's my gaming partner, my helping hand in the kitchen, the "dishwasher". In the almost 4 years of marriage we have been nothing but happy with each.
In August of 2010 I witnessed something I didn't even know possible. My 27 year old husband suffered a stroke. His carotid artery dissected. We had left our son in the hands of his mother after kissing him goodnight, and rushed my husband to the hospital. During that time we had no clue what was going on other than his symptoms were obviously a huge concern.
Hours later he was wheeled into the ICU while a Doctor explained to me that what had happened was serious, and that there was a likely risk that I will lose him. He had lost movement on his left side. I stayed by his side as much as i could. Family stepped in to help take care of our 3 year old, who couldn't even comprehend what was happening to his dad, and friends rushed to both our sides for comfort.
A month after the stroke he was released from the rehab center. He had gone through 3 weeks of 4 hours a day therapy. He was still learning how to walk fully, and it became my job to be mother and caregiver. It was hard at first, but things became easier.
My family is my world. I would have done so much more for my husband, and i'm so very thankful he is still in my life. He's the most amazing man i've ever met. 4 months after his stroke he went back to work, and his determination has brought him to the point of being able to walk again. I'm glad I have my other half back with me, and our family is together again.
I was wondering if there was anyone else out there, a young mother who has suffered through something like this? The one thing I don't have is someone to relate to. I've been told a thousand times that it's healthy and good to find someone like that, but so far It seems like I'm a bit alone on this subject.

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Erika - posted on 03/25/2011

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Thank you so much Liz. It was hard in the beginning for us. I hated seeing my husband lay in a hospital bed not being able to move at all, but with each day at the rehab center he improved, and I made sure that our son could see him everyday.
I would have done so much more for him. I married him because of how strong our bond is with each other, and not even a stroke can get in the way of that. It has brought us closer together.

Liz - posted on 03/25/2011

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I'm not going through anything like that but so proud of both of you for bouncing back from a major crisis in your marriage and family. That is what marriage is all about. Facing the good times and bad times together, for better or worse.

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