Sooo…I had a stroke.

27 Apr

Had a stroke in my sleep April 12th. But went to the hospital, physical rehab, and now I’m doing outpatient rehab.

Fortunately, everything is coming back, but have to work on strength on my right side and such.

I’m way too young to have one, and has no risk factors. Just pulled the short straw I guess.

You can follow my progress on Twitter. I’m “tommune”.


Posted by on April 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


22 responses to “Sooo…I had a stroke.

  1. Retodon8

    April 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Well that sucks.
    Get well soon!

    I like your tweets about it though. 🙂

  2. Dude

    April 28, 2010 at 2:59 am


    I love and admire your work. Send my best wishes for early and total recuperation. It depends on what kind of stroke you suffered from…however, there are acquired risk factors for stroke. I would say one of the most common ones on young patients being cocaine use. Please take care of yourself!!


    The Dude

  3. Giuseppe Puglisi

    April 28, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Damn you scared me Tom!! I wish you to recover 100% asap!!! *hugs*

  4. tommune

    April 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Dude: it was lower pontine. No smoking. No high cholesterol. No obesity. Not a senior. No drugs. No heart abnormality. No high blood pressure.

    My insurance paid for a battery of tests, and the result was: *shrug*.

    • James Gadbury

      August 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I’m not a doctor but could it be stress? Are you a highly-strung individual?

      • tommune

        August 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        I’m not high-strung, and had been at much more stressful points in my life… but who knows? Usually, there’s some symptom from the stress, like high blood pressure, etc…..

        But thanks for your concern!

  5. tommune

    April 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    And all: thanks for the well wishes.

  6. T-Chip

    May 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Tom, sir, dude, be careful!

    Best wishes for recovery – not an entertaining thing to go through.

  7. Rob

    May 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm


    Anachronox Sequel ! 🙂

  8. Terence

    May 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    The gaming gods have decided that it is not quite game over yet for you.
    Please try again from your last savepoint 😉

    Stay healthy and take it slow
    Cause you’re a bit young to die allready

    P.S.: try jumping around in the air from time to time, to find a new hidden 1UP for your lives bar

  9. tommune

    May 12, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Rob, I wish….someday.

    Terence: Thanks for the advice! I think there is a secret passage over there by that platform…

  10. jayngo26

    May 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Wowzers Tom!

    Make sure ya’ eat all the gibs you can get your hands on son!

    We need your awesome game/design skills in this world!

    Continue to get better.

  11. Greg Wondra

    May 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Wow….just read about your stroke on wikipedia……not cool! Stay well! I wanna get that chance to work alongside you and learn from you at KingsIsle!

  12. Cardais

    May 26, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Tom, your grandfather had a stroke at 47, although none of your uncles did – maybe it skipped a generation? Anyway, we are extremely glad you did not become the dopefish!

  13. Devon

    May 26, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Better start forking that asparagus!
    I believe a stroke can also be caused by things like iron deficiency. Make sure you get enough minerals, vitamins, and the like.
    Stay away from chips, they’re fairly fatty and have MSG which passes through your blood brain barrier (I’ve got some nasty headaches because of MSG, and also, would lose some of my vision and become unable to read sentences).

    Hope you get well! The market is already saturated with such horrible games, can’t lose one of the best game designers…

  14. tommune

    May 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Interesting. Will avoid that stuff and get my iron! Thanks!

  15. Matt

    May 30, 2010 at 3:47 am

    TOM!!! I am so sorry to hear this. Please try to do what the docs tell you and it never hurts to pray either.

    J.C. Denton: “Maybe you just need some arterial augmentations?”
    Walton Simons: “LEAVE ME ALONE, DENTON!!”
    Sorry, couldn’t resist sliding some Deus Ex in there to my favorite video game voice actor.

    Seriously, I hope all will heal and get back to normal for you, sir. I will pray for you and your family.

  16. tommune

    May 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Yeah, I am eating healthy, exercising, taking an aspirin a day–that’s the best thing.

    Heh, awesome. Thanks.

  17. Helder Pinto

    November 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Bit late I know, but I hope your recovering well Tom!

  18. tommune

    November 13, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Thanks !

  19. GLen

    March 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hey Tom
    Glen from Australia here
    Just had a big nostalgia trip and pulled out ROTT for the first time in years –
    Still makes me laugh!
    We used to play the shit out of over the old 56k
    Looked you up – hope you’re travelling well.
    You’ve done some great work!!

    All the best


  20. tommune

    March 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Yep, pretty much all better now.

    Thanks all!


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