Pauley Perrette Marks 1 Year Since Stroke: ‘How Many Times Do I Cheat Death?’
It’s not a secret that Pauley Perrette is a tough cookie, and she’s not afraid to show it off.
A video posted on Twitter Friday revealed that the former “NCIS” star suffered a “massive stroke” last September, according to a video posted on the website.
Perrette said in the video, “Oh my god, it’s September 2: it’s the one-year anniversary since I had a stroke, which means it’s time to celebrate.” She replied, “Yes, I am still here.
What is the number of times that I have cheated death? I almost passed away because of a hair dye allergy; I have food allergies; I am a survivor of domestic violence and rape; I was assaulted by a crazy homeless person and almost died, but I’m still here.”
The woman went on to say: “I’ve been through a lot in the last two years, things that are even harder than going through a stroke for me.
However, I am still here and I am still going strong. That is why I am so grateful to you.”
In an interview published on Tuesday, Pauley Perrette talked more about her health ordeal in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
In Perrette’s recollection of the stroke’s onset, he stated that when he first awoke, he had no feeling on the entire right side of his body.
It seemed to me that I had just slept oddly at first. (I) could not feel my finger touching my face, I could not feel my face being touched by my finger, I could not feel my laptop sitting on my lap, I did not feel anything on my right side at all — I would have never known that I had burned myself or cut my finger off.
It was after a phone call with her doctor that Perrette went to the emergency room, and she claims she was swiftly put on a gurney with a million things stuck in her arms and a bunch of medical people rushing her somewhere.
In her own words, Perrette says, “They know how serious a stroke is and how important it is to get immediate medical attention.”.
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It has been reported that strokes are caused by “something blocking the blood supply to part of the brain, or by a burst blood vessel in the brain,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is a “serious medical condition” that requires immediate emergency care due to the fact that it may cause “lasting brain damage, long-term disabilities, or even death” in the case of stroke.
According to Perrette, she is doing well now, and she is using her experience to raise awareness about the seriousness of strokes as a result of her stroke.
In order to help prevent strokes, (I) really want people to become educated about all signs of a stroke, especially the fact that you can have a stroke at any age,” Perrette said. “If we are aware of these signs, we can help save ourselves and others.”