This article is still accurate. I had my stroke before this article was written and to this day nothing has changed. I was in Riverview (The rehab place mentioned in the article). They have 30 beds available. I occupied one for over 3.5 months.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has started an e-advocacy portal to make it easy for Manitobans to send a letter to their MLA outlining why a Stroke Unit would be beneficial here. If you’re from Manitoba I highly encourage you to go to the portal and send a letter to your MLA. I would consider it a favour to me and a favour to any Manitoban who has a stroke if you would do this. You might even being saving your own life someday!
Some interesting facts:
For every minute delay in treating a stroke, the average patient loses 1.9 million brain cells, 13.8 billion synapses, and 12 km of axonal fibres (Saver, 2006).
Each hour in which treatment does not occur, the brain loses as many neurons as it does in almost 3.6 years of normal aging (Saver, 2006).
It took them two days to finally stop the bleeding in my head. Those two days definitely did a lot of damage to my brain. I don’t know if the stroke unit could’ve help me in my case due to the severity of my stroke but I sure would’ve liked to have found out.
Click this link to send a letter to your MLA telling them to build a Stroke Unit in Mantoba.