A Million Trees

Recognizing a Stroke – Learn and Pass It On

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. 


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)

R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he
or she has trouble with  ANY ONE of these tasks – call 999/911 immediately and
describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NEW SIGN OF A STROKE ——– Stick out Your Tongue 
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.

If everyone who sees this – sends it to 10 people ; you can bet that at least
one life will be saved.

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STR sounds like a wonderful way to remember the steps to recognize a stroke.


Comment by Kathy Wills

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