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Markus T.


"The bill-poster" -- 44 yrs - to young to die

As a 44 year old man I survived a bad stroke (brain stem infarct). The right reaction of my mother is of course I am alive. (Report about me in the German Press. Also follow: www.stroke-portal.com - www.schlaganfallportal.de for German understanding ....

"The long and arduous journey of a stroke patient back to life"

Friday, 8 April 2011, was the date on which Markus Tonn was nothing like before. Already on Thursday evening he had felt strangely dull and manage even the phone conversation with his mother had fallen severely. On the night he woke up and his right arm had felt numb. Been wrong, he thought. On that Friday morning he could hardly walk, dragged himself down to the kitchen, opened the fridge and grabbed the bottle of mineral water. He could not read what was written on the bottle label. The letters were exchanged. "That's odd," he thought with amusement. However, when looking in the mirror, he realized that something bad had happened. His right side of his face drooped lifelessly.

He picked up the phone, dialed the emergency tedious. As someone on the other end took off, he could not speak. He hung up, somehow managed to call his mother, who lives nearby, barely audible fragments of words stammered into the phone. Ingeborg Tonn rushed to her son. When she arrived, Markus Tonn lay motionless on the floor. The 67-year-old understood immediately called an ambulance and insisted that her son was taken to St. Mary's Hospital, where, she knew, there is a "stroke unit" - a special unit for people who have suffered a stroke.

Markus Tonn, single, father of two young sons, sitting on his balcony and tells the story of his illness. Who does not know that he had a stroke, is it difficult to see that. He speaks and moves a little slower than before, not more. But the German is not a typical stroke patient. Many of the many therapists who have helped him in the past year, has spoken of a miracle.

Tonn has always been a doer, a guy who was in his life more than once advised of the fast track to a dead end and back again. As a business consultant, who knew how to use the Internet in particular, he was not much older than thirty, won a business award of the Commerce and Industry Chamber, expanded its business to the Internet bubble burst, almost lost everything, got up and started again from scratch. And so on. The term stress had consequences, especially for his blood pressure. "I had, which I found out later, a blood pressure of 290, which is almost fatal," he says. Since it took not much that he played sports, played beach volleyball and badminton and went jogging every morning before work. Hypertension is a leading cause of stroke. In Marien Hospital Tonn was about to throw the experts of stroke. "They saved me. What have they done immediately after my arrival with me was incredible, "he says. The team formed in 1999, "Stroke Unit" - one of the first in North Rhine Westphalia - is made of specially formed on doctors and nurses, speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, as well as employees of the social services. Cardiologists and intensivists, vascular surgeons and neurosurgeons are also provided to power the stroke patients quickly and effectively and later prepare for rehabilitation.

Markus Tonn is transported to Bad Driburg: lying, half-side paralyzed, unable to speak. Takes three months to the "Rehab" in Westphalia, and it is cruelty from morning to night. Some sufferers of Markus Tonn resign, as they realize that the success of therapy and fail to accept their fate. "Why me", ask others. "How do I become well again?" Asks Mark Tonn he takes everything what he can get, every nutrition course, every massage, every therapy, every speech, every piece of information. "I had this image in front of me of myself and how I wanted to be back," he says. Already on admission he had vowed "walking upright here to go back out."

But first, he's in pain. The hanging right arm charged the shoulder joint. The hip, knee, everything hurts.

His brain was as a result of the attack, "deleted" the fact that he has a right half of the body. He is treated with the help of the Bobath therapy: the healthy brain regions must take over the duties of the sick and learn novel. With almost infinite patience and utmost exertion he succeeds gradually move his muscles again. With ice, the facial muscles are revived. He practices the saying: "The bill-poster glued stickers, posters stuck to the bill-poster." Again and again. Now it also helps that he has played sports. "Sport has given me the feeling of my body, that was extremely important."

After three months, Markus Tonn actually walk again, although slowly, but still. He is released from rehab. "This is brutal. In rehab as you live under a bell. But it is sometime at the end, and then there's the reality."

Tonn is severely disabled as 80 percent. On his disabled pass he has to wait half a year. Now he learns how it is when no one gets up in the bus, even though they will lose seats urgently needs. Or where, in the pedestrian area rushed regardless and jostled. At home, he continues to work on yourself, every day, as long as he's awake. The advances are often small, but they are there. "The worst part is the fear that it ceases to be better," he says.

Markus Tonn now leads a new life. His experience and knowledge of the disease he has summarized in a web portal. "So that everyone can understand," he says. He also wants to write a book that is supposed to mean the same as the mission statement on his website: "Cheer up".

But not only his life, he has changed, the priorities have shifted. Deadline pressure, stress, hectic? No longer exists. What's really important are his only two boys. And his mother, his eighth on Friday, April 2011, has given birth for the second time.


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