Sunday, July 06, 2008


Strokes and the detection thereof, while not on topic to this blog, please share this with everyone you know.  I especially want my friends to know for selfish reasons:

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

My nurse friend sent this 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:


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. 

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) 
* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS . 

If he or she has trouble with
 ANY ONE of these tasks, call 119 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.

Eric Standlee

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