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I suffered a small stroke in my right occipital lobe about five weeks ago.I woke up early in the morning with a slight headache around my right eye and when I checked on my iPad to see the time, I could see the iPad display but I couldn't make any sense of the time.
Hours and hours later, after a long wait in A&E, my wife and I were finally seen by a doctor, who informed us that we had nothing to worry about, it was just a migraine!
We insisted that I needed a brain scan and in the end, and very reluctantly, he arranged for the radiographer to give me brain scan which eventually happened.
Once the results had been assessed the doctor reappeared, somewhat chastened, and admitted that there was a problem and I was pumped full of clot busting drugs and sent to the stroke unit.
Overall, I have been very lucky, I am left with a slight deficiency in my upper left quadrant—I can detect movement and trying out visual field tests online, I score 100%, but my vision is still weird—I get hints of things which aren't there in the affected area.
My question therefore is twofold:
Firstly, will I get used to this new way of seeing things? I think a portion of my problem might be that my brain is still in a state of post trauma and I am hoping that this will alleviate itself given time.
Secondly, is there hope that my brain might still have some re-wiring up it's sleeve, and should I just give it time?
I appreciate that my concerns . compared to the post-stroke misery a lot of folk have to endure may seem a little self-indulgent, but this problem is exacerbated by the fact that my work is bound up in visual communication. I am looking for some hope that things might improve for me either in terms of making further gains with my vision and/ or readjusting to the new post-stroke world I now inhabit.
I would be grateful to hear fellow sufferers experiences—on an earlier thread I found both fraggles and Helen03706's responses particularly inspirational.
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