Thursday, April 17, 2008

How to detect a stroke [with random comments beforehand]

Well, am in a much better mood than yesterday. Am going to go into town to pick up my photos that I put in yest. Then need to come back and do lots of art work. My new backpack arrived today! It's beautiful. Oh... was going to put a link or picture here to the surfdome thingy for it but they seem to have stopped selling it now...
Yes, it's a sort of beigy tan colour with pink, purple, blue, green and yellow swirly flowers on it :D. Might put up a pic at some point.

Oh yes, the real reason I am blogging - copying from a forward that's been hanging around my inbox for ages. It sounds feasible so it can't hurt to pass it on (but slightly rephrased with better grammar, punctuation and layout).

First there's a little story about a stroke:

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.
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.
[NB: don't know if this is true]

Recognising a stroke - 4 indications
Remember 'STR'
Ask the person to Smile
Ask them to Talk a simple sentence clearly (e.g. "It is sunny out today")
Ask them to Raise both arms above their head
New indication: Ask the person to Stick their Tongue out (if tongue is crooked it's another sign of a stroke)

Well, it sounds fairly sensible so there you go.

Also - another forward sent me a website page for breast cancer stuff. Here's the info from the forward:

A favour to ask, it only take 30 seconds...
The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on 'donating a mammogram' for free (pink window in the middle).

This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors /advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising. Here's the web site! Please pass it along to people you know.

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