Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Younger brother comment.

Being skeptical, I had to check this out... I found this on the web.

I didn't know this! STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R. 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)..... 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. 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 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 911/999 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
  • New Sign of a Stroke --- Stick Out Your Tongue NOTE: 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.


jannx said...

Hello Max. Someone sent me that stroke message in an email. At the time, I thought it was a very important and interesting story. However, at the same time, there was something that was a bit unsettling about it. It seemed a bit too hard sell. I was also not familar with calling #999. I thought #911 was the only emergency number. I also get nervous when a message wants the reader to forward the message. Since I thought the basic message was important, I did post most of the important parts of the message.

Max said...

Jannx, I agree with you completely. The original e-mail has a lot of red flags that made me wonder if it was real. Which is why my brother checked it out, and I even checked out his resources before posting it. Every now and again you get something real in one of those e-mails. I've heard that reference while watching one of those English comedies on PBS. It's their emergency number.