"What would you do if you had a stroke in Africa?" He asked me.
"Try to get to a hospital." I answered, even though I knew so much of it depended on where exactly I was when in Africa.
"What would you do if you had a stroke in Morocco?" He knew I spent almost two weeks in Morocco last summer.
"Well, I would try to get to a hospital." I answered. And in fact, I almost did have to go to a hospital when I was in Marrakesh since I got serious heat stroke (after decided to work out everyday in the 115F weather).
But his questions started me thinking. I had my stroke in Cambridge, MA. In fact, it happened on the Harvard Business School Campus (I suppose if you are going to have a stroke, that is as good of a place as any...) Once we arrived at the hospital, I received immediate medical care and now have minimal, if any, residual affects from the stroke. But this is not always the case. What if I did have the stroke while traveling? Would I be ok? Would the care have been as stellar? I honestly cannot say. Perhaps, is my answer. However I am only familiar with Boston's medical hospitals and research capacities. I have had great experiences. I am lucky. I can only hope the same is true for others.