Stroke survivor Sharon Dreher: “Don’t use a 1-10 pain scale on women who have delivered a baby”

by Carolyn Thomas       @HeartSisters 

.      Sharon Gilroy Dreher

She said that her headache pain during her stroke was so bad, it felt like “someone had blown a hole in the back of my head”.  But Sharon Dreher’s doctor told her that she was likely just “fighting a virus.”  The article she later wrote about her misdiagnosed stroke experience was written two months post-stroke, “back when I thought a recovery meant I’d get back to normal”. 

But five years later, as Sharon Dreher has learned, “normal” can be a moving target for many women.  

When I first watched the video of her story at the 2019 Canadian Stroke Congress, I almost fell off my red chair. Unlike most stroke patients, Sharon’s symptoms did NOT follow the typical F.A.S.T. model (short for: Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services).        .     .   Continue reading “Stroke survivor Sharon Dreher: “Don’t use a 1-10 pain scale on women who have delivered a baby””