I was 48 when I had what I've always suspected was a mild stroke.
I'd gone home from work with what I thought was a migraine headache, but shortly after I lay down in bed my thoughts became scrambled and I felt like I was trying to move my arms through quicksand. I tried to speak out loud and couldn't. I had enough brain power to determine that I was oriented to self and place, but I stumbled on the year.......I kept thinking 2027, 2207, 2720, but not 2007.
That was when I knew I was in trouble, but there was no one else at home and I couldn't get up to look for my cell phone to dial 911. In fact, I couldn't even think of the item I needed to call an ambulance. So I closed my eyes and went to sleep..........and when I woke up, I was OK again. I felt weak and definitely shaken up, but the headache was gone and everything worked normally.
I told my PCP about it the next day, but he didn't put much stock in my self-diagnosis, only said he thought I'd had an 'atypical' migraine. Maybe I did; at any rate, I'll probably never know for sure because he didn't order a CT or MRI. All I know is, if I saw the symptoms I experienced in another person, I'd have been on the phone to EMS in a New York minute.