I'm writing this after just being discharged from the hospital due to a stroke that occurred Tuesday morning. It was a minor one, and I am very lucky. The main reason that I wanted to write this private matter is that I consider the Bulls nation a family and I don't want to see this happen to any of you, if possible.
The cause of my stroke, after extensive tests (CTs, MRIs, poking and prodding), was high blood pressure. This is something I had been treated for but my monitoring of it with a home b.p. machine had become very lax. I'm not a smoker, ran 2 miles the evening before, and am in otherwise good health. So, don't get lulled into the feeling that you shouldn't check these things because you consider yourself healthy and invincible.
If you smoke, stop. If you're diabetic, make sure you are on meds to control it. Watch what you eat...avoid processed foods and substitute chicken and fish for red meat, which you can have in moderation.
If you have a family history of heart disease or hypertension, get a home B.P. monitor to check it or have your B.P. taken at one of those machines at the pharmacy. If it is high, see your physician. This can be easily controlled with inexpensive medication.
Stay healthy, Bulls Nation. I want to see all of you in the new stadium!