You probably heard about the stroke already – it was a mini-stroke, technically, the main difference being that with mini-strokes, brain tissue doesn’t die because the blockage breaks up pretty quick – but you might not have heard Frankie Muniz‘s explanation of what happened. And that part is actually pretty scary.
Saying “something wasn’t right. I just didn’t feel right,” Frankie Munizspoke out on Wednesday– his 27th birthday — about the shocking mini-stroke he suffered less than a week ago.
“I couldn’t say words. I thought I was saying them, and my fiancee was looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language,” the former child actor, who shot to fame on TV’s Malcolm in the Middle during its run on Fox from 2000-2006, told ABC News.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Muniz, who’s now a drummer in a band, tweeted about his health scare Tuesday morning, writing: “I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a ‘Mini Stroke’, which was not fun at all.”
Muniz told ABC News he was riding his motorcycle last Friday in Phoenix, Arizona when he suddenly lost his vision in one eye and his body became numb.
He says he thought he had a bad headache, but after undergoing tests at a hospital, doctors discovered he suffered a mini-stroke.
It’s very unusual for a man under the age of 30 to suffer a stroke, especially in Muniz’s case, since he’s lived such a healthy lifestyle.
“I’ve literally to this day never had a sip of alcohol in my life. I’ve never had any drugs. I’ve never even smoked a cigarette,” he said.
He says he feels back to normal mentally, alhough physically, he still feels lethargic.
“I can’t get a deep breath in… I’m still trying to make sense of it… I’m happy that I’m alive,” he said.
This is also scary because, according to my research (ha), if you have a mini-stroke, it can be a warning sign that you’re about to have a big stroke. You’re supposed to work with your doctor on this so that you can detect your risk factors and work on being less risky, but it sounds like in Frankie’s case, it was just a weird occurrence that can’t be readily explained.
Let’s all just wish him the best, ok? I know he’s probably a douchebag, but even douchebags don’t deserve strokes.