At age 40, it would never have occurred to Blake Gordon that she might be having a stroke. But her mother, Claudia Standish knew better – and dialed 911.
“I had difficulty speaking,” Gordon recalls. “The words that were coming out did not make sense and definitely were not what I was thinking I was saying, so I could hear that. I also had weakness on the left side. I was trying to sit on a chair and I kind of slumped down. There was also a little bit of facial drooping.”
Doctors in the emergency room at Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center consulted with a neurologist in Denver, who advised them to send her to UNM Hospital for a procedure to retrieve the clot that was starving her brain of oxygen-rich blood.