Thursday, June 26, 2008

Recognizing Signs of a Stroke

I've learned all sorts of life lessons this year, dealing with my ex-husband's death, my grandma's hospitalization and now my 32-year-old sister's stroke. Yes, these things happen to young people. My former mother-in-law suffered from one in her mid-thirties.

Sister should be okay, it just may take some time. I imagine the fact she's athletic will help in her recovery.

In a measure of public service, I'm sharing five signs of a stroke, thanks to the American Stroke Association's Give Me 5 for Stroke campaign:
  • Walk — Is balance off?
  • Talk — Is speech slurred or face droopy?
  • Reach — Is one side weak or numb?
  • See — Is vision all or partly lost?
  • Feel — Is headache severe?
These signs present? Call 9-1-1.

6 comments:

Julie Pecenco said...

Sending good energy to you, your sister, and the whole family.

Julie

Lillian said...

Oh! Best wishes for your sister and all of you. This is actually one of those things that I have a strange fear will happen to me and no one will know what to do. Thank you for sharing. I need to share this with my kids, just to alleviate that fear a bit.

JA Huber said...

Thanks for the well wishes and positive vibes. She hopes to be discharged tomorrow and will be considering brain surgery.

s said...

Hi
I get a google alert everytime someone types in a "brainstem cavernoma". I too had a bleed from a brainstem cavernoma and had a resulting stroke in Nov '07. Then - I had brain surgery in April this year to remove it. Have been recovering and went back to work 2 weeks ago. I am a 43 yr old woman. If your sis has questions, let me know and I will be happy to answer any questions as well as connect her to others who have had similar surgeries and docs here in the US who do this. Good luck and I will be thinking of her.

JA Huber said...

Hi S. Thanks so much for sharing and offering to answer questions. I'm glad to hear you're back to work and I assume "back to normal?"

My sis had her surgery in Buffalo last week and she's already home on the road to recovery (my most recent post about "brainstem cavernoma" has been removed). I've forwarded your comment and kind offer to answer questions to her.

Again, thank you for offering to share and sounds as if life is well for you.

Cheers.

s said...

hi,
Yes I am on the road to recovery. Although I am back at work I think recovery is a long process. I am working on my balance etc. I hope she is well. I will check these comments periodically-so if she needs anything I will be in touch.
take Care