kevin’s parents came for memorial day and among the great discussions that we had, they shared some advice they’d recently heard from a prominent neurosurgeon in tallahassee.
if you think you (or somebody else) are having a stroke, call 911! do not try to drive yourself to the emergency room.
it will take hours for you to be processed correctly through the system, for the neurologist to arrive, for help.
‘time is brain’ – the longer it takes, the less recovery.
if you call 911, an ambulance will be set up to help you and you’ll be whisked right in once you get to the hospital.
the warning signs for a stroke are: F.A.S.T.
- FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
they also said that an absurd percentage of people who have a stroke/heart attack reports ‘steak’ as a meal in the previous day.