Electrician Norvel Greenlee was hanging Christmas lights at Patti's 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers the day before he suffered a paralyzing stroke. Now, in time for the restaurant's annual Holiday Festival of Lights, he is fully recovered and ready to enjoy the holidays – an amazing turn of events in just one week.
Steve Dannenmueller describes himself as healthy as a horse. "I don't smoke, I don't have high blood pressure and I work out three days a week," said Dannenmueller, 51... Despite his healthy lifestyle, Dannenmueller suffered a stroke last week and found himself part of an alarming statistic – one-third of the estimated 780,000 Americans who have strokes each year are under 65.
McCracken County Commissioner Jerry Beyer was back at Western Baptist's Emergency department exactly one week after he was rushed there after experiencing a stroke. The second time, however, it was to thank the Emergency department staff who cared for him after he arrived by ambulance early Jan. 8.
Gerald Martin of Lone Oak barely made it home from McDonald's last spring after experiencing a stroke in the car. By the time he pulled into the driveway, he couldn't move his left side. A few days later, "I drove myself home from the hospital," said Martin, 66, smiling ear to ear. "I have no lingering effects of the stroke whatsoever. What a miracle drug!"
Dolores Collier has enjoyed many springtime walks with husband, Kenneth, in their Paducah neighborhood; but this year, the colors seem brighter and the bird songs sweeter. Collier, 69, a Southside seamstress, has been counting her blessings, including her ability to walk, since recovering from a stroke three weeks before Christmas.
Tom Clayton looks like the picture of health. At 44, he has completed 17 marathons and five triathlons. He runs three or four days a week, six to 14 miles at a time. It was another number, however, that stopped him cold in late October – a 99 percent coronary artery blockage, opened with three stents at Western Baptist Hospital.