Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The perfect time to have a stroke?

I'd argue that the "best" age to have a stroke is 27. The entire brain is fully wired (the frontal lobe wires in the 26th year). You're young enough to undertake the rigors of recovery (recovery is statistically better the younger you are). But you're old enough to have your brain wired "normally" (recovery in children is often a mixed bag because the brain is not yet fully developed).

But what is the best day to have a stroke? Any day but the weekend. Turns out the having a stroke on the w/e means lower quality care than during the week. 

9 comments:

mycerebellarstrokerecovery.com said...

Well I had my stroke on a Monday morning and still got pretty crappy care. I would hate to think what would've happened if I stroked a day or 2 earlier!

Mike said...

Methinks, the best time to stroke is after someone has develop the instinct to make a run for the win.Those with the "championship DNA" have the better chance of not minding the boredom of the daily routine of rehabbing for as long it enables them to win the game of recovery

Rebecca Dutton said...

Having a stroke at 58 was devastating, but at least I had a career for most of my adult life. You idea of having a stoke at 27 is not funny.

Peter G Levine said...

"You idea of having a stoke at 27 is not funny." Ms. Dutton, would it ever be funny? Maybe like the celebrated case of Michelle Mack (google it), who had hers in utero? Or maybe the day before someone dies of a heart attack? I guess I resent the implication that the entry was somehow trying to be funny. Stuff that damages the brain is inherently not funny. Hmph.

Amy said...

I don't think he was trying to be funny.

szary myszek said...

Hi Mike,I got your website from another blog.I like your sarcastic humor. I got the same type of humor and that's what keeps me going.I am 41 and had a stroke Jan of last year. I exercise every day and walk 0.5 mile in the park so it's not bad and you're right-we have to stay positive and don't give up.Interesting blog by the way

szary myszek said...

Hi Mike,I got your website from another blog.I like your sarcastic humor. I got the same type of humor and that's what keeps me going.I am 41 and had a stroke Jan of last year. I exercise every day and walk 0.5 mile in the park so it's not bad and you're right-we have to stay positive and don't give up.Interesting blog by the way

Sara Madden said...

I had a stroke at age 36. It blew. Still does, but thats the way things go. I'm still alive, which is very good! And I had an anuerysm on Saturday, surgery the next day, and the stroke shortly thereafter. So....

oc1dean said...

Peter, the best age was for me 50, still young enough to have the energy to do rehab and lived life long enough to know that there are other ways of doing things. I have to consider stroke rehab funny, otherwise what would I laugh at. Its like William Nealy crashing in inline skating and saying, ' I can sell this cartoon'. I can do stupid things and get a blog post out of it.
Dean

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