The GF's dad had a change on Thursday night while drinking a small amount of wine, he started slurring his words and lost control of his tongue. Family put it down to alcohol.
Symptoms continued through Friday and today I had a phonecall asking if I'd take him to hospital. On hearing the symptoms and the time delay I developed a complete lead foot and got him into A&E ASAP (the walk in centre wouldn't phone an ambulance)
He's now sat on the stroke ward waiting test results due in the morning. To me the symptoms are strongly looking like they're a stroke however I'm holding off until there's a diagnosis.
The family are harder to deal with. They think a very mild stroke will be not too much fuss; it hasn't stopped him during Friday and Saturday going to work, walking the dogs and carrying on as normal. What I struggle with is that I'm going to have to explain that for every stroke which shows symptoms there are on average four silent ones and as time goes on, depending on the cause, the risks increase. He's an exceptionally fit bloke for his age, if its stroke he's going to have big risks in the future if be deteriorates. How do I explain that? They won't ask the doctor about it as they don't think it's all that serious in the long term.
I just hope it's something else that's fixable or manageable.