Sunday, September 2, 2007

Smile...Talk...Raise both arms...

Since an apparently innocent and inconsequential little weak spell or stumble can be signs of a stroke, it is essential to see whether it was indeed an innocent little weak spell, stumble....or a stroke!

As ordinary bystanders we can check it out by asking these three simple questions, which can be memorized by the acronym STR or listen here to "The Stroke Song"

S - ask the person to...Smile. :o)
T - ask the person to Talk - to speak a simple coherent sentence. "It's a sunny day outside"
R - ask the person to Raise both arms. (like in a stickup)

If the person has trouble with any one of these tasks, call call 9-1-1 immediately.

These three simple tasks can also be self-administered if a person is alone and has had a weak spell or other potential symptom of a stroke.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

What happens after a Stroke

Even though stroke awareness is needed not everyone has the good fortune to avoid having a Stroke. There are thousands of people around the world every day who experience Stroke.

Even knowing the Signs of a Stroke will not stop a Stroke from happening. Knowing the Signs of a Stroke can allow faster medical attention thereby allowing the one who has suffered the stroke to possibly survive this traumatic event.

This raises the question of, what happens after a stroke?

This question is one that is asked by the Stroke Survivor, the family members and caregivers.

How can we cope? Can the survivor regain a measure of independence? How can we communicate and help the survivor?

These are all questions that require information. Information needed at a very stressful time for everyone. Where can one turn to find this information quickly, easily and provided by someone that can be trusted?

I have found a simple electronic book (ebook) that can be downloaded to your computer a very quick and easy way to get started with trustworthy information that can be put to use immediately.

The information contained can benefit the survivor, family members and caregivers.

To find out more

click here