Now, I know the signs of a stroke.
THE SIGNS OF MY STROKE:
ESSENTIAL LIFE LESSON ALERT!
- Ask her to smile.
- Does it look even?
- It didn’t.
- Have her put both out straight in front of her and hold them there.
- Is one lower than the other?
- Does she struggle – even a little – to hold them at the same height?
- No. Not that I could tell.
- Squeeze her hands.
- Can she squeeze them hard and equally?
- Yes, she could.
- Put my own arms out and have her push up, resisting against my pushing down.
- Good. She could do that with strength.
- Now have her push down, while I push up.
- Good. Wow, she’s way stronger than she looks, frail and vulnerable but still with a good amount of fight-like-Hell in her.
- Stick out your tongue, Mom.
- Stick it out.
- Curl it up.
- [I think you’re looking to see if the tongue flops to one side]
Lack of smile symmetry is a critical sign of a stroke.
SECONDS AND MINUTES COUNT IN A STROKE AND HEART ATTACK.
SIGNS OF STROKE LOOK DIFFERENT IN WOMEN THAN MEN.
I know you shouldn’t shoulda coulda woulda your life away (at 49.10, I’ve done enough of that for multiple lifetimes)
But I guess I should have read the ads in full!
- FALL – a fall or sensation or near fall can be a precursor or sign of impending or sudden stroke
- A – SEE. I can’t even recall what this letter is for the acronym. Did a guy think that up? I’ll come back to this one.
- SPEECH – slurred speech most of us is a sign of stroke. And so is confused speech, stuttering (even slight), reaching for words, realizing you’ve said the wrong word, or in the wrong order, or tried too hard to find a word or more
- TIME!!! – SECONDS + MINUTES COUNT
One essential sign is missing.
What’s the matter?!??!
THIS STORY will SAVE LIVES
- Someone’s you love.
- Because seconds + minutes count.
- And I know my body.
- And I’d seen the bowman who brought me into this world stroke. More than once.
- Before I knew the signs.
- And when I did.
- And no man owns my body. Or tells me what to do with it. Or what it is doing.
- I’m speaking.