If I think too hard about it, it really bugs me out how we’re all autonomous beings with hearts that work on their own and can sometimes stop working and so many things can go wrong and ahhhh! It’s crazy, this whole being alive thing. Therefore, I totally understand Jessica Alba‘s panic when she woke up last week and thought she was having a stroke.
From The Jimmy Kimmel Show (via DigitalSpy):
“Basically I thought I was having a stroke last week,” Alba recalled. “I really, really thought I was. It was 2.30 in the morning and I woke up and my hand started to go numb. The whole entire thing went numb.
“It was dead, I couldn’t move it. My whole arm went numb, I got cold sensations in the back of my neck to the front. I can’t move my face.
“I texted my paediatrician. It’s my kids’ pediatrician, but it’s the only person who will answer me at 2.30 in the morning.
“I texted him and I said, ‘I have these symptoms… it’s all going downhill!’ He was like, ‘You’re a little young for this’.”
An MRI scan later revealed that she was suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a common condition that can cause numbness.
Glad it was nothing serious, of course, but that story totally set off my own anxieties regarding: heart attacks, strokes, amnesia, blood clots, spontaneous combustion… I’ll stop now.