It started just like any other morning for Fox 26 anchor Jose Grinan, giving Houstonians the news they need and starting their day on time. But a series of signs would foreshadow an event that would change his life.
“I was sitting next to Melissa [Wilson] and all of a sudden I got double vision. And it wasn’t side-by-side vision, it was over-under vision,” Grinan said. “My mini-stroke took place right here in this studio.”
The veteran broadcaster is one of millions of Americans who have had a stroke. But like many, he didn’t realize when it what was happening. A day and half later his alarm went off, and he couldn’t get up from his bed to turn it off.
Symptoms of stroke include trouble walking, speaking, and understanding, as well as paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg.
- Muscular: paralysis with weak muscles, problems with coordination, stiff muscles, overactive reflexes, or paralysis of one side of the body
- Whole body: balance disorder, fatigue, lightheadedness, or vertigo
- Visual: blurred vision, double vision, sudden visual loss, or temporary loss of vision in one eye
- Speech: difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or speech loss
- Sensory: pins and needles or reduced sensation of touch
- Facial: muscle weakness or numbness
- Limbs: numbness or weakness
- Also common: difficulty swallowing, headache, inability to understand, limping, mental confusion, or rapid involuntary eye movement