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Rollin's Stroke


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Friday, April 08, 2005

Stroke

 

We had a huge scare last Friday morning. My husband, who just turned 58, had a stroke.

 

I waited 5 1/2 hours before seeking medical treatment. I thought it was "just" another instance of episodic high blood pressure, and it could wait until the VA clinic opened.

 

Now I know that he had 4 of the 5 warning signs of a stoke. We are lucky that it appears to have been a "minor" stroke. The doctor told me if it ever happened again, he needed to be taken to a hospital within the hour, to prevent permanent and extended damage.

 

Knowledge is power. Be prepared! The following information comes from the National Stroke Association website (www.strokeassociation.org)

 

Stroke is a medical emergency.

Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others.

Every second counts:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

 

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms!

Time lost is brain lost!

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Hi , welcome to the blog community.

You are so right, time lost is brain lost.

Ray and I also denied he was having one of his strokes and he got a lot of damage and 4 1/2 moths hospitalization because of it. As his first stroke was a "mild" one we didn't ever think he would then have a "major" one, or actually two, nine years down the track. You just have to be alert and remember that if in doubt go to the hospital anyway.

Hope you find a lot of help here, we al have a lot of experience between us, both as survivors and caregivers and are willing to share it with you.

Sue.

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Welcome to our blog community. It's a great place to journal your ups and downs and to vent when needed.

 

I, too, wish I had known the warning signs of strokes before my husband had one. We were at a party with 50 people and no one else recognized that he was having on either. Hopefully, things have changed some in the past five years and that would not happen today.

 

Jean

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Yes, getting the warning signs out to general public and even EMT and Paramedics is of vital importance. signs of stroke can mimic so many things.

medical personnel are becoming better informed, but I think if someone is younger it is not one of the first things really thought about.

 

Bonnie

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