Man who had bleed on his brain the ‘size of a fist’ after stroke blogs about recovery
PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 July 2020
A man who suffered a bleed on his brain “the size of a fist” caused by a stroke is hoping writing about his experience will challenge the stigma around the condition.
Peter Ellis, from Diss, had a stroke on March 26, 2018, while out in the garden, causing him to lose all use of his left side.
While in hospital he was told by doctors he had sustained a bleed in his brain the size of a fist.
Mr Ellis said: “I was doing some strenuous work in the garden and I remember this sensation just suddenly coming over me. I sat on a bench trying to work out what was happening, when my left arm suddenly just fell to the floor. The first thing I remember thinking bizarrely was ‘I haven’t done my will’.
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“I can’t remember anything from the ambulance to the hospital where I had further scans that discovered the bleed on my brain. After six days on the ward I deteriorated. The doctors decided to operate, as the second bleed, that happened while I was being observed initially, was life threatening and pressing down on my spinal cord.”
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The 60-year-old required two months in hospital and months of rehabilitation, and found he was unable to continue hobbies including gardening and playing the piano.
He used writing as a way to share his own personal journey and to challenge the stigma around the condition in the hope to educate on the recovery process.
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Mr Ellis said: “I was in a sorry state after my stroke – emotionally, physically and spiritually. It’s not been easy on my partner Duncan either, the pressure on him has been huge. After a stroke you feel totally exposed and vulnerable, especially when there are things like going to the toilet, that you just want to do by yourself but can’t.
“My stroke was the scariest experience of my life but I am determined to progress in my recovery and others can too.
“I honestly think the only people who offer any hope for the future are those who have had a stroke and offer examples of recovery.”
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In the subsequent months from being discharged, Mr Ellis has written about returning home and the “setbacks” which have included being diagnosed with epilepsy as a consequence of the stroke and injuries suffered from falls.
You can read his blog here.
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