“Your pedal extremities are colossal, to me you look just like a fossil”
Having a stroke was so dramatic, it blotted out the events just before. But looking back, when it came on I was washing my feet. At 8 o’clock in the evening.
Why? Because: one of my feet’s too big. The right foot was really huge, swollen, and painful. The crude sketch above is the best I can do: the more red the more pain. I’d never had anything quite like it before and was quite shocked by the size of the swelling. If I’d thought I would have taken a photo.
I’d had it about 24 hours and thought if it didn’t go down by the next day I would have to drive to the doctor and driving might hurt. So I left it – “see how it is tomorrow” – but bought some herbal bath remedy and ran a tub.
In the tub I had a stroke and the problem with my foot was driven out of my mind. Several people asked me later if I could think of anything that might have brought the stroke on but I didn’t make any connection with the foot swelling, particularly because by then my foot had gone down completely and stopped troubling me.
However with greater hindsight a rather sinister possibility has occurred to me.
Maybe the swelling was caused by a blood clot in my foot and it floated free at that moment and found its way to my brain where it blocked a blood vessel and starved brain cells of oxygen and glucose.
The foot would have started to go down immediately of course, because the obstruction had been removed.
Just a coincidence? Maybe. But if ever a pedal extremity swells up like that again I’m going for emergency treatment!