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Williamson doing well after ‘mini-stroke’

By Matt Montgomery

Piedmont City Councilman Bobby Williamson is doing well after suffering a mini-stroke last week while installing a skylight at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Williamson said he is doing better now after having a TIA “mini-stroke. He said the day after he had the stroke he had a headache for several days after but it’s gone now.
“After yesterday and today, I’m feeling pretty good,” Williamson said on Tuesday. “We were hoping to get back by the 20th but it looks like it’s going to be 23rd.”
He said he’s taking things a little easier than before the stroke and is coordinating his crew more now.
“We’ve got seven of us here and got several things going on at one time,” he said. “I’m just trying to keep that bird’s eye view.”
Piedmont Mayor Valerie Thomerson said at the Monday Piedmont City Council meeting that she spoke to Williamson and said he was doing well after suffering from the stroke last week.
Williamson, owner of Piedmont Glass, was on the job last week with his crew when he started to feel disoriented while installing a skylight.
His wife, Shelly, said he could understand words but had trouble with his bearings, understanding right, left, up and down.
She said after his leg started shaking while he was on the lift in Alabama, the lift he was on malfunctioned and the lift operator had trouble getting it to go down, but could get it close to the roof.
That’s when Williamson’s son, Kevin, who used to be a volunteer fireman, jumped from the roof to the lift to try to get the lift down.
Williamson suffers from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries, and the fact that he has high blood pressure actually helped him from suffering from a worse category of stroke.
He said he is looking forward to getting back home and back in the swing of things in Piedmont.

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