STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE, SAVE YOUR LIFE   Four signs can help you decide  if you or someone you love has had a stroke. Treatment within three hours can mean the difference between full recovery, major damage or even death.  Often the person having a stroke is not aware he or she is having a stroke.  Someone  observing that person may be more aware of the problem and needs to know what to look for if concerned.  A new sign has been added to the three that the American Stoke Association usually talks about.  It also helps to be aware of the common signs someone is  having a stroke.   This post covers both.:

Common signs some one is having a stroke:

  • Trouble speaking.
  • Speech is not as clear as it usually is.
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of the body.
  • A sudden and severe headache with no known cause; like a thunder-clap is how some have described it.
  • Nausea, heart palpitations, or a sudden case of the hiccups.
  • Confusion.
  • Difficulty understanding what others are saying.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking,
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance, or coordination.

When you suspect you or another is having a stroke here are four signs that indicate you need to call 911 immediately.

  • A crooked smile
  • Inability to repeat a simple statement
  • Difficulty raising both hands over the head.
  • Tongye when stuck out is bent to one side.

I worry about having a stroke.  It runs in my family, I have what  are called tiny strokes often part of being prone to stroks.  I suspect I had a more serious one that fortunately did no major damage.  The main symptom for me was  fifteen minutes of confusion.  I was on a routine trip to my dentist.  Parked, got out of the car and then couldn’t figure out where I was.  I knew I was to be going to the dentist, but couldn’t find his office.  I kept circling the block, then the next, then going back three blocks, then to the next avenue.  I had been to his office  enough times to know my way as surely as I know my way from the local train station to my house.  Not this time.  When the confusion cleared up, I realized I had parked seven or eight blocks away from his building.  I usually park a block or two away.  I just yelled at myself for not thinking, but now feel fairly certain it was a small stroke and the MDs mostly agree. 

 Sooooo–know these signs and don’t shrug off confusion or a simple fall; either could be deadly. 

My thanks to Maggie Lovell for sending me a post about the new sign.  It is making the rounds.  She is one fantastic parent advocate and a real WOW and one of hte people I miss from the East Coast.  The Email she sent said to pass this information on to at least ten people. The life you save could be your won or someone you love.

I have done my part. Will you? CARE AND SHARE. 

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