Perry Morin, a 52-year-old emergency medical technician, found himself on the receiving end of emergency care last year when an ischemic stroke left him in a heap on his bathroom floor.
It all began around 11:15 p.m. while he was brushing his teeth before bed.
“Suddenly, I realized I couldn’t hold my toothbrush very well – it seemed heavy to me,” Perry recounts. As he turned, his right side collapsed under him, and he slammed into the bathroom door and onto the floor. His speech slurred when his wife Angie asked where he wanted the ambulance to take him.
“That billboard popped into my head,” says Perry, referring to a billboard he had seen on Chapman Highway countless times last summer. “I don’t remember the exact phraseology, but it was a Covenant Health and Fort Sanders billboard that said something like, ‘The Region’s No. 1 Stroke Care Facility.’ So that’s why I chose Fort Sanders.”
It was almost midnight when Perry was wheeled into FSRMC’s emergency department and a CT scan confirmed that it was a stroke likely caused by hypertension. He was quickly diagnosed as having a stroke and given the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue Plasminogen Activator).
“They were terrific. They were more than professional,” Perry says of the nursing staff and emergency physician, Dr. David Bishop. “They recognized what was going on. They assessed me quickly and took care of it. … The doctors and nurses at Fort Sanders were incredible but the tPA is what did it, and God created that. We praise God for that answer to the prayers and His healing.”
Today, Perry will tell you that choosing Fort Sanders was one of the best decisions of his life. Within minutes of receiving tPA, Perry was himself again. Two days later, Perry was discharged from Fort Sanders Regional without any impairments. And two weeks later, he was back to work fulltime where he serves as Johnson University’s supervisor of plant services.
Perry now realizes taking his blood pressure medicine alone isn’t enough – he must also check his blood pressure regularly. “I’m walking almost every day now,” he says. “I feel pretty good.”
Fort Sanders Regional Center is part of Covenant Health and our region’s only stroke hospital network.