Hank's Stroke StoryJun 6, 2019
“I was better served by being here in very capable hands.”
Hank Druckerman had just come out of the shower one morning when he started experiencing weakness and slurred speech.
“I kind of sat down on the floor,” he recalls. “My wife was with me, and we diagnosed this as something unusual, and the first word that came to our mind was stroke.”
Hank’s wife called 911 and emergency service personnel drove him to Coastal Carolina Hospital. There, he received confirmation of his initial self-diagnosis.
“I was admitted instantly to the emergency room and the folks here at Coastal Carolina descended on me en masse,” he says. “I know they have quite an extensive protocol for stroke because they’re a certified center. I didn’t know that when I got here, but I thank my lucky stars that it was the right place. I’m sure the EMS people knew that when they transported me here.”
Hank underwent a battery of tests and procedures and spent two days in the hospital before being discharged. Upon returning home, he suffered another episode.
“We drove ourselves over here, and once again the team in the ER room went into stroke mode and they took me back in,” he says. “I spent three days here receiving this marvelous care and attention. This time they diagnosed that I had a stroke. It was something more pronounced than the first time, but the symptoms to me weren’t as severe.”
The Coastal Carolina staff was able to connect Hank with a local cardiologist and a neurologist at the Medical University of South Carolina for follow-up care. This team approach has been a big part of the overall situation.
“I think by and large, I’ve come through this quite well,” he says. “I believe I owe a great deal of it to this hospital. I pretty much feel I have most of my speech control back. They say once you’ve had it once, there’s always a future risk. I was relatively spared and quite lucky. It hasn’t affected my cognitive reactions, and I don’t believe that I’ve lost any memory or any ability to think.”
Hank works as a volunteer at a television station in nearby Sun City, where he lives. He was eager to fall back into his routine as soon as possible. The ability to bounce back from his medical adversity is a credit to his own resolve and the commitment of a superior health care facility.
“Since I have no prior history of this, I didn’t even know what to expect,” he says. “Had the stroke been more severe, I might have been in worse shape. I think that at the time the episode happened until the time I was here was under an hour. I was better served by being here in very capable hands.”