Saturday, May 2, 2009

It's Stroke Awareness Month

Since I have two strokes , I think everyone should now how to spot a stroke because I had a bad headache and my bp is normal.  I wish I had this information.   This is from my Stroke Newsletter.

GIVE ME 5!

Is a simple way to check if someone is having a stroke.

Give Me 5!

      1.  WALK -   IS THEIR BALANCE OFF?
  • Are they able to stand straight and tall? Or do they slump to one side?

  • Do they appear to have lost strength on one side of their body?

  • Are they leaning to one side when they try to walk?

  • Are they veering off to one side?

  • Are they dragging the foot on the side they are leaning toward? Can they tell you whether they can feel the side that they are leaning toward?

      2. TALK -  IS THEIR SPEECH SLURRED OR FACE DROOPY?
  • Are they having problems speaking?

  • Are they having problems "getting their words out?"

  • Do they sound like they have something in their mouth when they speak?

  • Are they saying the appropriate words (do their words make sense) when they speak?

  • Does one side of their mouth droop down?

        3. REACH -  IS ONE SIDE WEAK OR NUMB?
  • Ask the person to raise both their arms up together. Does one arm begin to fall down?

  • Ask the person to squeeze your fingers with each hand; is one hand weaker than the other?

  • If you ask the person to try to hold something like a pen, can they do it without any difficulty?

  • Can the person feel you touch them on their arm? Lightly touch them on the skin of both arms, and ask them if the feeling is the same on each.

        4. SEE -   IS THEIR VISION ALL OR PARTLY LOST?
  • Ask the person about their vision. Do they normally wear glasses or contact lenses, or do they normally not use either of these? Ask the person to try to describe any changes in their vision.

  • Is their vision clear?

  • Is it blurry?

  • Can they see everything in their field of vision? Does the person see everything or just part of the visual field?

  • Does the person see double?

       5. FEEL -  IS THEIR HEADACHE SEVERE?
  • Do they have a headache? On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst, ask them to rate their headache.

  • Do they normally have headaches? If so, is this headache any different from their usual headache?

  • Does this feel like the worst headache of their life?

  • Does light bother or hurt their eyes?

  • Does a sound or loud noise make the headache worse?

Don't wait. Call 9-1-1!

If you see even just one of these symptoms, even if it goes away, do not wait,  call 9-1-1 immediately, this person may be having a stroke.

9 comments:

stampin abi said...

that's a really important and useful post thanks for that! i wouldn't have a clue what to look for. thanks again.

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the useful information for us. I think it's great when people can share and help others learn from their experiences.

MrsETaylor said...

thank you for the reminder.

peggysue said...

That is all really useful information. I will remember those tips.

Dawn (flowergal36) said...

This is very helpful information. Thanks so much for sharing it. My mom had a stroke too. I had no idea what the signs were. We wish you many healthy days...Hugs.

shellpole said...

There is a condensed version of the pointers to look out for here...I ahve it somewhere...will see if I can dig it out....EVERYONE should be aware!

Grace said...

What a helpful resource this is! Thank you so much for taking the time to remind us all and inform us! I hope you are doing well after having two!!! I've learned a lot from this and thank you so mcuch!

Elizabeth said...

This is so useful. I am going to print it off.

Kay said...

Amy. great information to have. Thanks so much for sharing.