Thursday, January 14, 2010


I don't know Ingrid but my mother died from a stroke. I clearly remember her first stroke. We were coming down for the weekend and when we arrived I was struck by her flat, expressionless face. She insisted she was fine and my father seemed unfazed. We had dinner and went to bed. My mother contributed a little but seemed distant and quiet. The next morning, the same and worse. Right after breakfast, I insisted that we go to the hospital and we found she had had a stroke. If only I asked her to smile and follow the STR strategy. We may have saved her. Less than two years she laid down for a nap and had a massive and final stroke. I knew the signs of a heart attack but I never the signs of a stroke. If only if only . . ..


lood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

Remember the 1st Three Letters....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) .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 emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: 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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Anne, for bringing awareness about strokes. They affect so many families. The National Stroke Association also uses the acronym FAST - smile on Face, raise Arms, Speak a simple sentence and Time. Good for all of us to know. Unfortunately for me, I have such an unusual case that it did not work with me.