[Elfsea] Stroke Test -OT, but since it happened to me, I worry!

kristid2001@yahoo.com kristid2001 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 15 14:32:34 PDT 2006

      My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously.. Please read: 
         STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters...S.T.R. 

              ;                               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) and 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 6:00pm, 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.
  only one side  of my  mouth worked!
                   T *       Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE 
   I sounded like I was drunk! and I couldn't think straight

            (Coherently) (i.e. . . It is sunny out today) 
                  R *       Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. 

  NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their 
                 tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other 
                  that is also an indication of a stroke.  If he or she has trouble with 
                  ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately !! and describe the 
                  symptoms to the dispatcher. 

                  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. 


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