I just wanted to share my story with the experience that I have gone through with my son so if it ever happens to anyone else you may know what is going on.
My son and I were driving back from the country in open country road, I was pregnant at the time around nearly due to give birth and my son was in grade 5 at the time. He turned to me and asked why peoples tongue go numb and I responded with maybe they have eaten something you know like the lollies that can sometimes make this happen. Well he turned away for a second looked back at me and was what I thought was struggling to breath, his mouth Jaw had lodged sideways and he was unable to speak. I slammed on the breaks and ran onto the road and I had 2 cars pull up eventually, they thought I had gone into labour but I explained what had happened and grabbed my car from the car he was still struggling to answer as his words were not coming out ok. He managed to say “I ok mum”. The very nice people escorted me to the nearest town doctor where he told me that I think your son has had a stroke and if you are travelling to Melbourne. you may as well keep driving and go directly to hospital. It was the worst trip for me home as I was scared something else would happen. So to cut a long story short months later he finally got diagnosed as long waiting lists to apply for the testing but he has complex partial epilepsy which affects the facial region and can look like someone has had a stroke. This was something new to me as I really only thought there was one type, but it can come in many different ways. I thought I would share my story so others are aware as well.
Posted anonymously, 6th May 2014