On the 27th of October, 2010, Nuala Cruise, a 66 year old retired mother of four from Wexford was struck by stroke. Here’s her story.
I got up that morning and I was doing some housework. I took the laundry downstairs and as I was putting it in the washing machine my leg went from under me. I fell on the floor and couldn’t move. I tried to get up but I couldn’t.
Thankfully my husband was home at the time. He came in saw my face had fallen on one side and because he had seen the Irish Heart Foundation F.A.S.T. stroke TV ad he knew to call 999 straight away. He then propped me up until the ambulance came to bring me to Wexford General Hospital.
I was seen very quickly, had my CT scan and they told me I was suitable for thrombolysis. They told me the risks involved and we decided I should get the treatment. All this was done within an hour and a half.
When I was recovering in the hospital the doctor told me that I had atrial fibrillation (AF) and this caused my stroke. I was told I had this before a few years back but was only given aspirin and nothing more was said about it.
I spent a week in hospital and I was then transferred to St. John’s Community Hospital in Enniscorthy for rehabilitation. I spent 12 weeks in St. Johns and I’m home two weeks now. I’m doing well but I have some left sided weakness, my leg is ok but unfortunately my hand is still quite sore.
I used to walk every day before my stroke so hopefully I will be able to do that again soon too.”