Please read it may save a life today

@RobinJ (2501)
Canada
August 6, 2007 11:12am CST
A friend sent this to me today it is to important to ignore Please read it and then store in your memory and someplace as well where it can be retrieved.It just might save your life or someone else's Remember the first three letters of the word, stroke: S - T - R During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and 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, she went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Her husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. At 6:00pm, she passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she 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 sever 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: 1. 'S' Ask the individual to SMILE. 2. 'T' Ask the person to TALK. To SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg. It is sunny out today) 3. 'R' Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that a least one life will be saved. BE A FRIEND AND SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH AS MANY FRIENDS AS POSSIBLE. You could have a part in saving someone's life.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Aug 07
Hi Robin. This is good advice, and I hope that it is read by many here. Unfortunately for my mother (who lives on her own), there was no-one around to help her when she had a stroke in the middle of the night. By the time her neighbours realized and got the police to break into the house, she had slipped into a coma. She eventually came out of the coma but unfortunately, it has left her with some brain damage, she has lost the use of her right arm and hand, and she has to walk with a stick. She is also incontinent. She now lives in a home where she has constant care. It's so sad, because I can't even converse with her on the phone as her speech has been affected also (I live in Australia, she lives in the UK), so I hope your discussion is read by many here, so they can be aware of the signs.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
7 Aug 07
Hi Abby I hear you, my father had his first stroke in his sleep and when he couldn't get up he knew something was wrong, fortunately my mom was still alive and called for help. but looking back my dad figured out he had , had small strokes well before the first big one, and was upset because he could have been on medication to prevent the big one from happening, It was a huge massive heart attack the did finish him off. Our family has a history of strokes my brother had his first at the age of 48 as well as my mother had a stroke at the age of 47, I have been thus far lucky but a MRI has shown 5 definite white spots on my brain and those are generally mini strokes, I was not aware I had them.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Aug 07
Sorry to hear about how this disease has affected your family in such a large way Robin. I didn't realise that white spots on the brain show previous strokes - you must be vigilant with your own medical situation now; I hope you are having regular check-ups. Please take care. x
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
6 Aug 07
Thank You very much for sharing. Having had a heart attack already who knows this could be very valuable information to me. I am now going to forward this on to others I think may be at risk and even to those who aren't. We don't really know who is and who isn't at risk really. This is sure good to know for everyone. It may be like you said a life saving bit of info.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
7 Aug 07
I like the fact that it is so simple to remember and retain. Something so simple and will work. I remember on time a lady that worked for me came to work and something was not right about her face, I couldn't.t put my finger on it but it was not right, she admitted that she felt disoriented and a bit dizzy, and yet she had driven 30 miles to get to work. i was so afraid she was having a stroke i made mu husband take her to the doctor, as it turned out she had Bell's Palsey. which paralyzes part of the face but it sure scared the heck out of me.
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
6 Aug 07
Thank you for this tip it is very intresting to know I would never have thouight of that and have often wondered how I might know for sure if someone was having a stroke..
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
6 Aug 07
Yes when I saw it I was so happy as I suffer mini strokes and have never had them checked out, I just believe it is information that is worth while having in your mind, it just may save someones life. you now have the oportunity to save that life.
• United States
8 Aug 07
Thanks for the info Robin. I would have never thought she had a strok by your story. I thought she had a brain bleed from her fall. Thanks again for the information.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
8 Aug 07
Hi there RobinJ. Listen thank you for this helpful information, we never know when we're going to be around a stroke victim... This is great information to have lodge in your head for in times of need... Once again thank you and have a great day...
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• India
7 Aug 07
Thanx a lot dear this thing can realy save many lives thanx a lot
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@weemam (13377)
7 Aug 07
Thanks for this pal , I did have this printed out and on the inside of a kitchen cabinet at one time , since getting the new kitchen I havn't replaced it , My Dad has had a few strokes and I would like to have it handy again , so thank you I will print it out and stick it up again xx
@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
7 Aug 07
This is very valuable information robin. Thank you so much for passing this on and I know it will save at least one persons life.
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• Australia
7 Aug 07
There was a guide in the Sunday newspaper a few weeks ago about stroke and I did find it an interesting read, as well as clearing up a few misconceptions about it as well as raising awareness about the initial signs of a stroke. It makes you realize how such little things can be the cause of such greater consequences if no actions are taken or no precautions are taken.
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@Lady_Yeng (102)
• Philippines
7 Aug 07
thank you for that information,its really unnoticable with what happen to your story i felt so sad for her. its a great thing that i read this one it can really help especially its simple yet you would know if there is something wrong with that person.. lets be an advocate of information so that no one would be a victim of ignorance.
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@ozwombat (56)
• Australia
7 Aug 07
Thank you so much RobinJ A beloved cousin mine 32 passed away last December from heart attack in his sleep and have since discovered is a history heart disease in my family. This advice is brilliant thank you so much ozwombat-pete :)
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