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Old 01-17-2007, 09:47 AM
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Please read the following about strokes. My mom had a stroke 4 years ago that really screwed her up and almost cost her life. If anybody in our family would have read (and payed attention) to the following we could have prevented it as it happened over a period of a few days.

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The following has been around cyberspace a number times but it is a very informative EM. I apologize if you are receiving this EM numerous times, but it is always worth another read.

Very Important info you should know. Please take the time to read how you can recognize and help a stroke victim.


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

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 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 g ot 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.
T * Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (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. According to snopes.com this one as harder to identify.

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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Old 01-17-2007, 10:19 AM
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Good info Jim.

My Dad just had a "minor" stroke not even 2 weeks ago.

Luckily my Mom was persistant and got him to the hospital where it was quickly diagnosed.

He was very lucky and should make a full recovery. I noticed some small "memory" problems when I talked to him. He said he had a difficult time writting the correct 3 letter word in a crossword puzzle and it was difficult to type.

Not 1 week later my parents were driving to Fla to go on a cruise where they are now.

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Old 01-17-2007, 01:17 PM
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I had a stroke last october, I am currently 60 years old. I noticed some colorations in my eyes and immediatly went to the hospital. I have lost a tiny bit of vision in my left eye, but can still operate the boat.. never thought I would have taken that for granted. Norm
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Thanks for posting Jim!
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Old 01-17-2007, 03:50 PM
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Make sure you get them, or yourself, to a hospital that
is up to speed on the latest treatment and diagnostic
protocalls. My friend didn't and I think it cost him his life.
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