18. Forgetting That Half Of Your Body Exists
A stroke can do very strange things to your brain. This is where the blood supply to the brain suddenly stops for some reason, which can cause lasting damage if it’s not treated immediately. When a brain is starved of blood and oxygen for too long, then there are lasting results that a person may never recover from. As Iamoldsowhat shares in this story, a patient who suffered from a stroke ended up forgetting that they had another side of their body. If you suspect you are having a stroke, or someone by you, you should call 911 immediately. You can ask them to smile, to see if one side of the face droops. That is also a good indicator if they raise both arms, and one is downard. Have them say something to hear if it sounds strange. Don’t forget to note the time. Do not give them food, drink, or medication, and don’t let them drive.
“The person completely forgets that there is more than one side to their body: they will brush only half their hair, do makeup or shave half their face and use only one hand. If you put an object into the hand on the neglected side, it is as if it disappears for them. And it’s not paralysis—they are able to move that arm. It’s just to them that half of the body does not exist. Strokes are fascinating actually, or rather our brain is—you can be fully paralyzed from a tiny stroke in an important brain area, or you can have a huge stroke in a non-important area and be totally fine.”