Sunday, July 24, 2005

A Public service announcement:

Susie is recouping at an incredible pace for someone with a massive stroke all because Sherry saw Susie stumble. That is the key that isn't mentioned below. Sherry saw Susie stumble and then she asked Susie the 4 questions. So simple... this literally saved Susie's life. Some angel sent it to Suzie's friend and she did just what it said to do. Suzie failed all four so 911 was called. Even though she had normal blood pressure readings and did not appear to be having a stroke, as she could converse to some extent with the Paramedics, they took her to the hospital right away.
Thank God for the sense to remember the 4 steps!
Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking four simple questions:

Ask the individual to SMILE.
Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE.
Ask the person to STICK OUT THEIR TONGUE.

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

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