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My correspondence with Dr. Karen Smith

I am a patholical cryer, that is a person who cry all the time but its not because of depression. I had a stroke and it left me crying. I want to know if you ever heard of it. There doesn’t seem to be anybody who knows about it and I want to know is there anyone I can write to to get doctors to know about this, I am from Rock Hill, South Carolina.


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Gender: Female
Age: 54

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In November 2006 which was Thanksgiving weekend, my mother and my sister came down to visit me. My mother was from New Jersey and my sister was from Virginia. So my sister kept telling me that there was something wrong with my face it was twisted and my husband said that my words was slurring and I said no it wasn’t and I didn’t pay tham any mind. So it was time for my mother and sister to leave so I took them to Charlotte, North Carolina to the bus station. When me and my husband was coming back home, he told me go by the hospital to get a check up so I did. When I got to the hospital and they checked me they told me that I had 7 mini strokes and they kept me there. I was floored and thought they didn’t know what they were talking about. I stayed in the hospital for about two weeks. Then I went home and everything was alright, but then one day I was home by myself and I noticed that I was crying. I was looking at some picture on television and I was crying for nothing because it was nothing for me to cry about because there was no violence in the whole picture or anything like that. Then I just cried for any reason no reason then when someone spoke to me and I had to answer them I cried. So I went to the doctor and I cried. My doctor sent me to see a psychiatrist and he gave me some medicine and he said that he never had a patient that just cried. So after going there for a while I stopped going because he wasn’t helping me and my doctor he gave me the same medicine I was taking from the psychiatrist. So then I went to the Medical client and they did not help me either. So I could not get any help from no doctor in Rock Hill. So it was just me and my crying for two years. I told my nephew Larry and he couldn’t take it and he did some research and he found some doctor who had heard of it (what I had) he had worked on patients and done some research on different patients of his and found out that Citalopram.


I was in the hospital!

Wednesday morning 9/29/10, I took my husband to work and when I

came back home, I was still feeling tired. I tested my sugar that morning

and it was 120. So I figured it would be alright for me to go sleep for a

couple of hours so I went to sleep and woke up about 10:00 or 10:30

that morning and I went to the kitchen to make me some juice and as I

was trying to open it to start making the juice I felt lightheaded and I fell

out. I knew I could not stay on the floor because I didn’t want no

grasshoppers or roaches or anything else crawling on me so I got up. I

don’t know how I did it but I got up off that floor. I went and got into

the bed and I must have passed out. My husband found me on the bed

and called the ambulance. I did not know anything until 11:00 or 12:00

that night that’s when I came too. Thats when it began, the medicine,

blood pressure, blood work, food, sugar shot, it just goes on and on.

Well, I was on my way back from recovery. At first the doctors thought

that I was having another stroke but after the test and all that they saw

that it wasn’t a stroke. I had peumonia. I knew I a had a cold, coughing

sometime, but I thought it was going away. I didn’t know that it turned

into peumonia. They checked out my heart, it was fine. Then my foot

was still hurting from the fall but they didn’t know that because I was

unconscious at the time when I came in. Then when I had to get ready

to go donstairs I told them that my foot was hurting and I could not

stand on it. So they eventually gave me a boot to put on my foot and so

it would not move around all the time. On Thursday, we had a bible

study in the hospital and everybody came to read their bible with me. It

was the most exciting thing that happen to me. What seemed like a life

time to me, they finally let me go home. My recovery was not from a

stroke, but from peumonia and a fractured foot. But it was a recovery.


Advice from Stroke victims ?

I am sorry if my question sounds a little odd, but its more for comfort, my gran had a stroke last wednesday, we had her taken straight to hospital, up until friday she could still talk a bit, since then she has had 3 major strokes in hospital (what the doctors say) and is just basically laying there, when we talk to her she can still squeeze our hand when we ask her too, she can open her eyes and mouth slightly and when you ask her a question she can groan to us.
As she is 89 years old the doctors have said her brain is that badly damaged there is not any chance of recovery and if she has another stroke its likely to finish her off.
The reason I am asking this question is that I would like to know from people that have suffered a stroke and are now recovering and moving around, whether my gran will be in any pain, of course its an question I only want to hear the answer "No", but it would be reassuring to hear and know how se might be feeling and thinking, its horrible seeing her like this as she has always been an independent lady, she still lived by herself and could cook a meal for you up until last wednesday, so to see her in hospital have nurses cleaning her is very upsetting.
I know its a fact that all life eventually comes to an end and my gran has had a good life, 89 years old with no illnesses until now, she has always had family around here, she even went on holiday to Spain last month with my mum and dad but it always comes as a shock.
I won't go on but would appreciate to hear from anyone who knows and has experienced a stroke and are happy to share anything with me that may make my family take some comfort in knowing.
As I say, its a strange time for me as not used to anyone close to me getting ill so I am sorry if my question seems inapproriate and sorry if it has offended anyone
Thank you in advance


Can we sue or seek compensation from Doctor ?

My father (mid 60s) hit and fall on a concrete floor and was not able to move his hands and legs. He was sent to Changi Hospital for observation. Later, the strength on his left hand & leg improve but not his right hand & leg have a numbness as though the blood has been blocked. This remains for a week. After a few X-Ray and Scan, the doctors believe 'something' is blocking the nerves at the spinal canal. The doctors do not recommend any surgery as my father is already mid 60s.

My father switch to Singapore General Hospital and a senior consultant recommend and process with the surgery. We assume my father would recovery after a few day but to our surprise, my father is left totally disabled. All his muscles has become very soft as thought he has a stroke. Doctor say he would take 9 – 12 months. Its been 2.5 years and my father is still not able to move his right hand (totally) and left leg remains weak. He is now at nursery and the cost is high.

Can we seek compensation ?