I am unsure if any kind of tests your doctor could do would determine whether or not what you experienced a year ago was a mini-stroke. However, mini-strokes, or transient ischemic attacks, are often a warning that a stroke may happen soon -- getting treatment can help prevent a full stroke. It may be a good idea to at least speak with your doctor about what you experienced and have a physical to make sure that you are in good health. Your doctor may be able to at least give some insight on what he/she believes your symptoms described above could be attributed to.
I am glad that your son-in-law is doing well after his stroke. It is certainly not a bad idea to get a second opinion on his need for follow-up care, especially if his current doctors don't seem to be concerned with preventing future strokes.
Here is some information on leg amputation that I found. It says that in general amputation is recommended for gangrene, unbearable pain when at rest and unhealing, untreatable ulcers. Is there any kind clot in in his leg? Have you spoken with his doctors about why they feel this is the right course of action? I would sit down with them and hear their reasoning and the pros and cons of the surgery. While the above are the most common reasons for amputation, they are not the only ones. Please let us know how he is doing.
As this article says, a little stress is not something to worry too much about, but ongoing, chronic stress can cause or make make worse many serious health problems -- stroke being one. If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, talking with your doctor may help and he/she can evaluate you to make sure your stress is not a result of an underlying health problem. Here are some stress management techniques you may be interested in trying as well.
I am so sorry to hear that your father is having these troubles. Have you spoken with his doctor about possible causes and solutions? It is important that he is getting the proper nutrition and a medical professional may be able to find an underlying medical problem that is keeping him from eating. Here is some information about coping with eating problems after a stroke that I think you will find helpful. Please keep us updated on how he is doing!
I am glad to hear that you are making such great strides toward recovery following your stroke. The numbness and tingling that you are feeling in your hand and foot are some of the more common side effects of stroke. This article explains some things you can to to prevent injury and help to make everyday tasks easier. Also, we have this great article about simple things you can do to help prevent a second stroke. Please keep us updated on your recovery
I hope that your swelling has subsided. This article contains some tips on how to prevent swelling, including elevating your hand and massaging the swollen area. If your swelling has persisted, you should call your doctor for evaluation. The link above also addresses the movement and any feeling problems you may be experiencing in your hand and ways combat them.
It would be best if your friend consulted his physician about this before flying. There may be certain measures he needs to take to help prevent another TIA or a full stroke from happening. Only his doctor will know the specifics of his situation and will be able to give advice accordingly.