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The hospital called a “stroke alert,” she said, and before she knew it they were asking basic questions such as her name, address, name of the president. She answered all the questions correctly.
“They said, ‘We think you’re having a stroke,’” she said.
She needed a procedure to fix the artery. Doctors told her husband she had a 50 percent chance of survival after surgery.
“Thankfully, I survived,” Moye-Johnson said.
Johnny Johnson, left, has been there every step of the way for his wife of 25 years, Sharon Moye-Johnson, who is recovering from a stroke in mid-October, six months after having COVID-19.
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Franklin Wendt, an APRN who assisted in Moye-Johnson’s treatment, said there are two types of stroke: a dissection, or weakening of one of the blood vessels that provides blood to the brain and a bleeding stroke in which a blockage blocks blood supply to the brain.
“Time is extremely important,” he said of those having a stroke.
Wendt said people should watch out for a headache that’s new or different and doesn’t go away with the typical over-the-counter meds.
Other symptoms to watch out for are limb weakness, difficulty speaking, or changes in sensation on one side of the body.
“She made great progress while she was inpatient,” he said of Moye-Johnson.
Part of her time at Gaylord was spent at their Taurig House, a transitional living program for patients making good progress, but who aren’t ready to go home yet.
“It gives them the opportunity to ease back into community living,” Wendt said. Generally, the recovery from stroke happens the first several months, but up to a year before there is permanent disability, so Moye-Johnson has time to recover the motion in her left arm and hand.