Save the Life of a Stroke Victim

Published January 3, 2012 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Good Ole Tuesday, my least favorite day of the week.  I have very little to do today which makes my day creep by.  I really had to fight the urge to weigh myself this morning.  I  don’t want to make my healthy eating about weight.  Throughout my many years of dieting, I have never found success when I made it about weight.  I feel like if I can remember the real reason this is important I would be so much more successful.

Last year when I lost the first 50 pounds it was about reducing my risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.  Last year my sister at the age of 60 had a stroke and didn’t even know it.  She was having some memory loss but thought it was because she was getting older.  She walked around like that for months.  She is lucky to be alive.  She is very over weight and very unhealthy.  She has a real problem staying away from the fast food.  It is such a horrible addiction.  However, her having a stroke was enough to scare me into losing weight, I just wish it would do that for her.  

After this happened to my sister I read an article about how to spot someone who has suffered a stroke.  There are three simple ways to save a person’s life.

  1. Ask the person to smile (if the smile is crooked, it may be an indication of a stroke)
  2. Ask the person to raise both arms (If they are unable do this, it may be an indication of a stroke)
  3. Ask the person to speak a simple sentence (If the speech is slurred, it may be an indication of a stroke)

These simple little test could save the life of someone you love.  They are now saying, if you can get to the hospital within three hours of the stroke it can be 100% reversible.



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