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Dorsi's Book Ch. 3: - Major Strokes and Terror

Updated on August 3, 2018

Chapter 3: The Fall

So I find it interesting that chapter 3 is being written in the family room of the family home where I grew up - in fact - just steps away from where my father spent countless hours writing, researching, playing with his grandchildren and generally - just having one heck of a life.

I have to brag here - about my dad - because my dad was a very special man. Not only was he a good husband, provider and father but how many children can brag that their dads are written up in the history books?

So I think you might be getting the picture of how how I felt about my dad... I always was and am still immensely proud of what my father accomplished in his life. So what happened on the last day of school when I was 14 or so will be forever etched in my mind. Not only because of what happened but how it changed my world forever.....

The best recollection I have of that day was coming home from school and being extremely excited about it being the last day of school before summer vacation. Thinking about having the whole summer off, I barely noticed what was happening when I got home that day. I was with my best friend Debbie when we walked up to the house - and as we got closer - I immediately knew something was terribly wrong.

My mother was trying to get my dad out of the house, and with one look at my dad I knew something was horribly wrong with him. He seemed confused, weak and almost about ready to fall down. All I remember was my mother screaming at me to get a hold of myself and help her ( I was panicking) and she told me to call 911.

I ran in the house, called 911 and proceeded to help and try getting my dad to the car, my mother on one side and me on the other. As we turned to get closer to the car - my father collapsed - yanking free of our arms and falling backwards onto the concrete.

He lay very still on his back, and his eyes rolled back in head, and I thought he had died right there in front of us. Pure terror took over - I started crying and screaming again and within minutes the fire truck came screaming to a halt in front of our house.

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A Massive Stroke at Age 48

We later found out that my dad had had a massive stroke at the age of 48. I had no idea what that meant, but just knew that it was very bad. Although my father survived, he could not speak and had lost the use of part of his body (paralysis)

He was not even like the same man anymore - when he spoke his words came out in garbled sentences, and I will never forget the the look in his eyes: They looked at me as if imploring me to help him understand what had happened to him. My vibrant, intelligent father lay in that hospital bed unable to speak , walk or communicate.

What I didn't realize then was this was only the part of the beginning of much more to come.........


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    Michelle Simtoco 

    12 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Sometimes we just don't know what life will bring us. I will take time to savor your story before moving on to Chapter 4. :-)

  • C.S.Alexis profile image


    12 years ago from NW Indiana


    I am so thankful I was too busy to catch up with you for a few days, Chapter 4 awaits me so I am not left out to dry, C.S.

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    12 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Bless you Paulie for fighting your way through this. My dad had some paralysis on one side but with therapy returned to a pretty active life. One of the things he did was keep one of those little plastic hand workout devices in the bathroom (so when he'd be sitting there he would use it- my dad was so innovative!), and he always exercised his hands and fingers. He swore by that little device.

    I am so glad to hear of your recovery, and you are here at HubPages- what an accomplishment!!!

  • PaulieWalnuts profile image


    12 years ago from Chicago

    Yes a stroke, a Cerebral Vascular Attack (CVA) is quite devastating. Mine came at age 45, in 2001. I was in a coma for 3-weeks, my family said that all the doctors gave up on me. Needless to say I have since given up on them and have new doctors now. When I initially woke up from the coma, I was a virtual vegetable, but tons of therapy and lots and lots of time are the key to recovery. I went from 50% paralysis to what I am today, about 20%. I’ll take the 20 any day even though I still move like Frankenstein. Stroke survivors are given a second chance on life and my coma awakening gave me the chance, after glimpsing the “other side,” even thought I had no dream recollection, to come back to life. Looking forward to Chapter 4!

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    William F Torpey 

    12 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

    A difficult story well told, Dorsi. We'll be watching for further chapters.

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    hot dorkage 

    12 years ago from Oregon, USA

    48! Wow that's young for sush a masive stroke. My dad too had a stroke but he was in his 80's.

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    12 years ago from MA, USA

    As you did to me in chapter 1, again I am holding my breath.  Please write sooo I can breath, lol.  Great job Dorsi!

  • jenster profile image


    12 years ago from Bay Area

    Ok we want more we want more. You are doing a great job, keep up the awesome work.

  • KCC Big Country profile image


    12 years ago from Central Texas

    That's just it Dorsi, how boring would life be if we didn't have the oddities, ups and downs, etc?! We should all be grateful for the variety. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

    Give us more!

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    12 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    KCC and Lissie- Thanks for reading my story - you don't know how much it means to me. And this is encouraging me to write and share more.

    Someone close to me many years ago ( it was actually someone that I apprenticed as a painter) once told me that she loved to hear my stories as we drove around California painting. I realized back then that not only was I a writer but I was also a storyteller......... little did I realize back then that one day I would be sharing those stories like this!

    Sometimes I look at my life and I've thought of how it does read like a soap opera - By my 20's people close to me would remark on what "unusual" life experiences I had lived........

    I used to be mad about that and say "Why me?". All I know now that is that some of us go through more than others......but I say it's all good now because if God can use some of my stories to help other people than it was time well spent. I have learned to turn the good into the bad.

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    Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

    12 years ago from New Zealand

    Dorsi - there better be another chapter tomorrow - you don't moonlight for TV soaps by any chance - you have the cliff hanger well developed!

  • KCC Big Country profile image


    12 years ago from Central Texas

    You sure know how to leave us hanging, Dorsi! We're anxious to hear more.


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