I know, I haven’t posted in a long time. And this will be only a short update, now that I have wifi access.

Monday, 3 June I went down to the produce market in Beaux-Arts, my new neighborhood, or “quartier” in French. On the way back I felt weak, then weaker. By the time I made it back to my apartment, I was failing my stroke self-tests: weak on the left side, could barely complete a sentence, my voice was so weak I wasn’t sure I could make myself heard if I called for help. I did anyway.

It’s now nearly three weeks later; I spent one week at Clinique de Millénaire, where I’d been treated in April; then nearly two weeks at a hospital in the Centre Hospitaliers Universitaire, also in Montpellier, for possible surgery; now I’m back at Millénaire for kinésiologie (physical therapy) so I can walk without falling over.

So far there doesn’t seem to be any cognitive damage done, it’s mostly weakness in my left leg and arm. I’m taking three different anti-coagulantants/blood-thinners (aspirin, Heparin, and Clopidogrel (formerly  Plavix)) in max dosages. Placing a stent is not out of the question, but trying to avoid that step because the risk of causing more damage is not negligible.

And that’s as much as I’ll write now; typing on a small keyboard with an oximeter on one finger is just too tiring. So, more later.