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I had a TIA in September 2017. Am a 63 year old woman, with a family history (Dad, uncles, brother) of TIA's and strokes.
Although I made a good recovery and have been discharged from hospital clinic, thoughts and possible future concerns are "getting to me". I have been prescribed clopidogrel for life.
I wake a few times a night (normal for me). My TIA occurred at 4am. Each time I wake now I am scared of stepping on to the floor in case my legs "give way" the way they did at TIA.
Another condition I have is diverticular disease, a gut concern which results in deeply unpleasant and potentially antisocial flare-ups. The discussion forum on this site is very informative and supportive. I have no children/family.
Occasional holidays abroad are no longer something I'm interested in, both because of the added expenses relating to travel insurance, but mainly in case I have health issue while away. I am very happy to continue to holiday in UK. Friends have suggested going away/abroad with them, but I do not wish to leave the UK/NHS, but nor do I want to offend their generosity. As often happens, unless a person has experienced something themselves they probably have difficulty understanding it.
Being realistic, I feel I am adjusting to this time of life in a way that is to be expected, but would love to hear from others who have also been through something similar.
As best I can, I have told friends that due to above concerns I am happier to stay in UK, but they look at me in such a way that makes me wonder if they think I'm being awkward.
Best wishes to all of us
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