• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Back to farm fields and family after speedy stroke treatment

June 3, 2018

March 22 was not a typical morning for Bruce Schmoll. He usually sleeps in on those days leading up to planting season, and his wife leaves early for work. But on that Thursday morning, Bruce was the one who woke up early to go on a fishing trip. While his wife was getting ready to head to the office, he went to the bathroom to shave.

"I remember the razor falling out of my hand. And when I tried to pick it up, I couldn't. So I thought I might be having a stroke," the 64-year-old Southeast Minnesota resident says. "My wife came to check on me, and she could tell the left side of my face was drooping. She called 911 immediately."

Bruce was having an ischemic stroke. These strokes happen when arteries to the brain become narrowed or blocked, significantly reducing blood flow.

If left untreated, the stroke could have been disabling or even fatal. But thanks to the care he received from the moment he arrived at the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester until he was released three days later, Bruce didn't suffer any deficits from the stoke. Before long, it was back to his normal life as a farmer. Read the rest of the story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.