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Looking back, maybe I should have seen the signs. Here are a few selected tweets from the week prior to my stroke:

June 23:
Right after warmup, I felt very dizzy and nauseated, so I lay down on the weight room floor for a few minutes…

June 24:
Quite dizzy for no apparent reason, although the base of my skull is sore. Either attacked by ninjas or suffering a mild brain fever.

June 24:
Perhaps really stiff neck & back muscles are cutting off the blood flow to my brain. GIVE ME A NECK MASSAGE, INTERNET. …damnit.

June 25:
I seem less prone to vertigo today, though the base of my skull is still sore. Perhaps the brain fever has passed.

June 25:
Am having completely irrational notions that I’m about to stroke out and suffer brain damage. But that might actually be good for me.

June 26:
The base of my skull still hurts. Also: sleepy.

June 27:

June 28:
Still dizzy. The base of my skull hurts, but only on the left side. Improvement?

June 29:
At the hospital. It WAS a stroke.

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  1. July 16, 2012 at 12:05 am

    What the…!? Jesus, Meeses! You had a frickin’ stroke! At the tender age of 25-ish give or take a decade! Is there any permanent damage? Do you find you can now play the violin? I pray in my atheistic way for a full and speedy recovery. Take care of yourself!

    • Meeses
      July 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Thank you for the atheistic prayers! My vertebral artery is healing itself as I type, and the uninjured neurons in my medulla are fast compensating for the rest. I’m back at work, and getting better as fast as I can!

  2. August 20, 2012 at 8:40 am

    OMG so scary! Feel better! Do they know what caused it?

    • Meeses
      August 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thanks! I am better. It stemmed from a tear in the lining of my left vertebral artery, which sent a clot to my medulla. The doctors say this sometimes happens spontaneously, but in my case, they suspect shoulder presses. D’OH. Perhaps I’ll take up lazing about and reading novels.

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