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How to recognise a stroke victim

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STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously..

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .....she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die.... they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke .

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE.

T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today)

R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved at some time in the future.

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Good advice there Alan...

....although I'm not sure that asking someone, who has fallen down and is lying on the ground, to smile... would get the desired response here in the Glasgow area...

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Worth bunking this one back on the active list, a couple of weeks ago Mum asked me to do something, I couldn't understand a word so asked her to try again, second try still incomprehensible so called 999. Paramedic arrived in minutes and gave a preliminary diagnosis of a TIA transient ischaemic attack or mini stroke. Soon after ambulance arrives and we're all off to A&E where mum gets CT scanned, ECGd prodded probed and tested. Final diagnosis definitely TIA no brain bleed so she (much to her relief) is sent home. Next day she's called in to the Stroke specialist for another battery of tests, who decides that there may be a slight effect on the brain but there's no problem with the carotid arteries and she's dodged the bullet and prescribes assorted medications.

So two weeks plus after the event we're pretty near back to normal other than mum taking assorted pills and feeling fortunate that we noticed the problem during its transient phase as general view on a TIA if dismissed as a bit of a turn is it's a potential problem that could lead to a real stroke later on.

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Many years ago, Er indoors woke up in a befuddled state with one side of her mouth turned downwards. The ambulance drivers were on strike at the time,so I had to drive her to the hospital. She was kept in overnight. She made a good recovery,but it took about three months. She had several scans over the years because she was later found to have seven menignomas attached to the inside of her skull.,nothing to do with the stroke. The specialist told her that she had been very lucky with the position of the affected area of the of the brain from the stroke,as a millimetre or two further to one side would have resulted in major damage. The menignomas did not grow at all over many annual scans, and she was discharged from the hospital a couple of years ago. She was told that there was no way of knowing how long the menignomas had been there,it may have been since childhood,and had never increased in size.

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2 hours ago, andsome said:

Many years ago, Er indoors woke up in a befuddled state with one side of her mouth turned downwards. The ambulance drivers were on strike at the time,so I had to drive her to the hospital.

Very likely your prompt action must have contributed to your wife's good recovery.  :wink:

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I had a stroke this afternoon. It was a struck of bad luck.

We had gone into Pocklington for Management to do some shopping and for me to go to out bank.

The bank was (and still is) on the opposite side of the road from which I was approaching it. There were no motor vehicles about so I walked across. As I arrived at the edge of the pavement, and put the leading foot on it, I suddenly fell forwards on to it and flat to the ground, with my arms spread out to stop the bump.

As I got to my feet there were a few enquiries as to my well being by the local good folk, but at that time I had to say I was fine.....which I thought I might be.

Sadly as the day has gone on my wrists are stiffening up, and bending the joints is not exactly without their own discomfort.

I shall have to light a few Joss Sticks.

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Sorry to read that catgate - I do hope you are correct about your injuries and you soon recover.

 

 

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catgate, would it not be better if you had a check medically?

 

 I had a fall last Christmas.  As you did, I reached out to try to break my fall, but damaged my thumb in the process.  The lower arm and hand were put into a plaster cast.  It still hurts from time to time now.

 

 I do think that you would be well advised to have your wrists examined.  

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11 hours ago, catgate said:

I had a stroke this afternoon. It was a struck of bad luck.

We had gone into Pocklington for Management to do some shopping and for me to go to out bank.

The bank was (and still is) on the opposite side of the road from which I was approaching it. There were no motor vehicles about so I walked across. As I arrived at the edge of the pavement, and put the leading foot on it, I suddenly fell forwards on to it and flat to the ground, with my arms spread out to stop the bump.

As I got to my feet there were a few enquiries as to my well being by the local good folk, but at that time I had to say I was fine.....which I thought I might be.

Sadly as the day has gone on my wrists are stiffening up, and bending the joints is not exactly without their own discomfort.

I shall have to light a few Joss Sticks.

 

Get down to A and E and spend the day there people watching.:hi:

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I am very pleased to report that I appear to have no damage to my bodily parts, nor to any appendage, and my head is no more befuddled than before.

I attribute this to my taking of a few  homoeopathic Arnica tablets as soon as I got back home.

 

(Yes I know homoeopathy is all bunting and frolics, but it has served me and my family well for over 60 years)

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Very pleased to hear that you're not feeling continued bad effects of your fall, catgate.  Our bones do become a tad more brittle as we 'mature'.  

 

I would never remember all those homeopathic words!  I am sure that I would end up taking the wrong thing.  :boy_cleanglasses:

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