It has been almost 20 years since Rochester's Edward Oogjes has a stroke and he wants other people to know what they can do to avoid one.ELAINE COONEY April 1, 2014 4:20am
Rochester resident Edward Oogjes wants to raise awareness about strokes, like the one that left him with a number of challenges: Photo: Elaine Cooney
On March 2, 1996, Rochester resident Edward Oogjes suffered a stroke.
While he appears fit and healthy, he explained the hidden side effects, such as anxiety, frustration, memory loss and mental instability.
Mr Oogjes said publicity about strokes was getting better, but he felt there was not enough awareness about it.
Doctors told him his 30-cigarettes-a-day habit and high stress levels could have contributed to his stroke at the age of 46.
Mr Oogjes suggested people under stress should see a psychologist before it became too severe.
‘‘I definitely wouldn’t smoke again,’’ he said.
He said he would welcome a stroke support group in Rochester and more information to patients about the support available.
He said the carer support was important for his wife, Shelley Nichol, to provide her with adequate respite.
Mr Oogjes was a rigger and used to scale 20m industrial smoke stacks.
He worked around Australia and overseas and was doing some building at home.
One Saturday, he had a dizzy spell and had to sit down for a while.
On the Sunday night, he was rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke.
Mr Oogjes had tried to get out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but he could not move his right leg.
‘‘I told my wife I couldn’t get out of bed,’’ he said.
She suggested his leg had gone to sleep, but soon realised it was far more serious and called the ambulance.
Mr Oogjes said he then felt his arm ‘‘go’’.
He said it felt strange because it was not numb, he just could not move it.
The hospital believed he had a transient ischaemic attack
Ms Nichol knew better and asked for a transfer to another hospital.
It turned out he had had five or six strokes in the middle of his brain.
After a day in the stroke ward, Mr Oogjes spent three months in rehabilitation.
He learned to walk and write again and had speech therapy.
Although his speech was not greatly affected, sometimes his sentences were not logical, he said.
‘‘I have to be very careful when I’m talking because expletives could come out.’’
Mr Oogjes said it usually happened when he was with people he felt comfortable with and he explained to them he could not control it.
After his stroke, he was told by doctors he could not work full time.
He works at Rochester Secondary School with the Hands On Education program.
When the students mimic his limp, he takes a light-hearted approach and can laugh at himself.
Advertising Standards Bureau slaps McDonald's for offering free fries vouchers to children at SPC Ardmona KidsTown.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
Following a concerted effort by Merrigum Community Group to upgrade signage in the town, it was announced at last Monday’s community meeting that design of a new information sign, to be located near the bus shelter in Waverley Ave, has been completed.
LBU coach Ady Dohnt headlines the Cats' inclusions for tomorrow's clash with Huntly.
Rochester resident John Constable has received the latest vision scanner available, thanks to Rochester Lions.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
It's not everyday you get 'most sincere thanks' from the Queen - as a Seymour girl found out.
St Joseph's Jerilderie teacher Steve Jones has released an album with his band, Steve Jones and The Velvet Glove.
The district has shivered during the past couple of weeks with night temperatures falling below zero. For those prepared to brave the winter chill, Lake Eppalock offers stunning scenery and yellow wattle brightens district forests.
Black Dog ride participants meet up in Cobram before they burn rubber to beat the blues.
Deniliquin High School students are preparing to take part in the Great Victorian Bike Ride for the 13th year in a row.
Wheat crops sown at the end of April to mid-May were two to three weeks early, increasing the risk of frost damage, the Finley Discussion Group’s meetings earlier this month heard.
John 'Jack' Roe remembered as a gentleman; battle-scared but a genuine, dignified man of integrity.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.