The 1st Three Steps
If everyone can remember something
this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously.. please read:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured
everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and 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
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
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
*Ask the individual to SMILE.
the person to TALK, to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
(Coherently) (i.e. . It is sunny out today.)
him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their
tongue... if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other
that is also an indication of a stroke
If he or she has trouble with anyone of these tasks,
9-1-1 immediately and describe the
symptoms to the dispatcher.
TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
this ... it could save your life!! Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. and you're
driving home (alone, of course) after an unusually hard day on the
job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start
experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your
arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital
nearest your home.
Unfortunately, you don't know if you'll be able to make
it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the
course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself. Since many
people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person
whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only
about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
However, these victims
can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep
breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and
prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
A breath and
a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help
arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep
breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart
and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also
helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to
a hospital. Tell as many people as possible about this.
We hope it could help save
your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
secret of health for both mind and body is
not to mourn for the past, worry about the future,
or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely
and earnestly. ~Budda~