Damery, a 36-year-old Wilmington attorney, first noticed something was wrong during a lunchtime visit to the beach. “I dropped my pudding cup,” she said. “I just looked down at my hand and it was gone. I didn’t know how it had happened.” On her walk back to her car, she dropped her phone. “I kept trying to pick it up, but I couldn’t. It was strange. I felt clumsy.” Damery fell, scraping her shoulder and knee pretty badly. The episode seemed to pass, and she cleaned herself up and returned to work.
Shortly afterward, her boss invited her to his office to join a conference call. “I remember falling asleep during the conference call,” Damery said. “I couldn’t control it.” When her boss woke her up, he noticed the left side of Damery’s face was drooping and quickly called for emergency medical services.