By Sue Finley
After experiencing stroke symptoms, Jim McIngvale spent the night in a Houston, Texas hospital, where he streamed about his experience on Facebook Live.
McIngvale was taken to the hospital with tingling in his face and arms, and a slight slurring of speech.
He spent 23 minutes on Facebook, updating friends and well-wishers about his condition.
“Hi, Mattress Mack here,” he said, “and I'm currently at St. Luke's Hospital-Texas Medical Center, having a tingling in my arm and my leg and my face which indicates a mini-stroke, so I'm here getting checked out. I'll be here for the next day. I feel fine. A lot of people asked me where I was and I'm here at Texas Medical Center-St. Luke's Hospital getting checked out to make sure I don't have any stroke or any heart attack symptoms. I'm getting great treatment here at St. Luke's. My friend, (Texas heart surgeon) Dr. Bud Frazier got me in in a hurry. My friend who runs the mobile stroke unit that we helped finance many years ago is going to come over and check on me also. I'm in good hands. I will be out of the store for the next 24 hours, as I undergo several MRIs and carotid artery tests. Hopefully everything will be good. I would like to encourage anybody out there who experiences the symptoms–face, arm, speech–to fast get to a doctor and make sure you don't have a stroke. That's why I'm here. I'll be here for the next 24 hours getting all these tests.”
Ever the salesman, Mack concluded his stream by encouraging people to come out to Gallery Furniture. “The best way you can cheer me up is to go to Gallery Furniture and buy some of our furniture, as we get ready for our Fourth of July supersale,” he said.
This story will be updated.