Friday, October 24, 2008

About Strokes - Please Read

Save A Life
I am sharing this because it could help save a life.

"Each year an estimated 600,000 Americans experience strokes, which are interruptions of the blood supply to any part of the brain, resulting in damaged brain tissue. Of these victims, 160,000 die, making stroke the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Those persons this dread killer does not immediately send to the grave are often left with lifelong debilitating infirmities of speech, movement, and even thought." --from Snopes

STROKE IDENTIFICATION
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.

Thanks for the good 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 usually recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

  • S = Ask the individual to SMILE.

  • T = Ask the person to TALK & SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. Is it 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 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Now they say there is new sign of a stroke:
  • 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.
More Info on Strokes:

~~~

Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
Enjoy the warmth of the autumn sun,
for the cold of the winter will soon be upon us.

~~~
Quote of the Day
May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
~Irish Blessing

~~~
Joke of the Day
A drunk was proudly showing off his new apartment to a couple of his friends very late one night.

He led the way to his bedroom where there was a big brass gong and a mallet.

'What's with the big brass gong?' one of the friends asked.

'It's not a gong. It's a talking clock,' the drunk slurred in response.

'A talking clock? Seriously?' asked his astonished friend. 'How's it work?'

'Watch,' the drunk replied. He stumbled across the room, picked up the mallet, and gave the gong an ear-shattering pound.

The three stood in silence, looking at one another for a moment.

Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed, 'You idiot..it's three-fifteen in the morning!!'

Add your thoughts & ideas to this blog by clicking on the "comments" below

3 comments:

Becky said...

Hi Jim,

I'm a regular reader of your dad's, and I should come over here to your blog every day, too, because it looks like a good blog with lots of interesting stuff!

I'm commenting today to congratulate you on having lost so much weight this year. I have quite a bit to lose and would love to hear more details from someone over 50 who's really been successful. You seem to have taken a realistic and patient approach. Did you just eat all your normal foods, but eat less, or did you start eating differently? Did you exercise much? I guess you just did it on your own, right, without paying to join a group? Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Becky (callianna25@aol.com)

Skip and Vick said...

Hi Jim, I've just become a daily regular of your blog posts. Thank you for being such an inspirational person with such an uplifting blog on a daily basis. You make everyones day a little brighter. Keep up the good work! Skip & Vicki

Andrew Brereton said...

Hi Jim, nice to 'meet' you.

I was the father of a sixteen year old little boy who suffered with cerebral palsy. He passed away of a series of brainstem strokes five years ago.

I think your blog is great and shall be following it.

Keep up the good work.

Andy