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Health Brief

May 12, 2020

May is Stroke Awareness month. Stroke is a BRAIN ATTACK. (Similar to a heart attack.) Professionals say 80% of strokes are preventable.When it comes to reducing the risk of death and disability from strokes, time is of the essence. You must act quickly. Considering that five out of six people are unable to name the three signs of a stroke, this seems an ideal time to go over Stroke basics. I like to use the acronym: FAST.

  • F = FACE  Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A =ARMS  Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S =SPEECH  Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
  • T = TIME  If you observe any of these signs (independently or together),call 9-1-1 immediately.

Some additional signs may include: Sudden onset of

  • Numbness – of face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion – trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Vision changes – in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble Walking – including dizziness and loss of balance.
  • Severe Headache – without a known cause.

Answers to Monday Moaners:

  • What starts with an E, ends with an E, but only has 1 letter in it? An Envelope
  • How do broken electronics like their eggs? Fired
  • What type of shoe do frogs wear? Open toad

Tuesday’s Thought Benders: Can you name the play?

  • This is believed to be Tennessee William’s most autobiographical play focusing on his difficult mother and sickly sister.
  • Neil Simon’s 1965 play where the Pigeon sisters live upstairs.
  • Lee J. Cobb made his 1949 debut in this Arthur Miller play.

A friend taught me this saying “Just for today, ….” (fill in the blank... JFT, I’ll… smile once, eat a vegetable, go for a walk, say something kind,etc. ...)”  What will you do JFT?

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