Recognizing a Stroke: Nurse Shares Personal Story

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It can happen to anyone.

Callie Earliwine, a nurse at Ohio Valley Medical Center, missed the signs of a stroke herself.

Callie says she was eating lunch when it all happened, but she thought it was a stress related episode. She says it was one of the scariest moments she’s ever been in.

“It came to me when she came over and started wiping the right side of my face. I was drooling. And then I started crying and thinking what’s going on, and then they asked me my last name, and I don’t know where I got it, but I said ‘Sanchez.’ I don’t know where it came from,” she said.

Callie has even dealt with numerous stroke patients, but still wasn’t sure what was happening to her.

She says she was lucky to be with people who knew how to react in that situation because sometimes people don’t know they have had a stroke until its too late.

“The research I’ve read through my sites that I use for my higher education, doctors that I’ve spoke with, a lot of people sometimes have strokes and don’t realized until an autopsy.”

After multiple tests, doctors believe a PFO– a hole in the heart– shunted and caused the blood clot to go to her brain causing her stroke.

However without a picture of the clot, they cant say that’s why for sure.

A survey by Ohio State University‘s Wexner Medical Center shows that only 11 percent of women know the female specific symptoms of stroke.

Callie is now home and on medication she will be taking for the rest of her life.

“Even though I’ll have this closure in my heart once you have had one stroke you’re at more increased risk to have another.”

On Friday Callie will undergo surgery to correct the hole in her heart.

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