Fast Stroke Test: This is from the above BBC site ... F A S T - react to these symptoms:
- FACE - Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- ARMS - Can they raise both arms and keep them there?
- SPEECH - Is their speech slurred?
- TIME - call the ambulance .. if you see any single one of these signs
It is better to be safe than sorry ....
However - there is a bright side .. & even I've experienced this with my mother .. the brain does heal itself amazingly .. there will be improvement over two years certainly .. probably not completely - but things do get better: a positive story.
The most important thing that I've taken cognizance of as far as care is concerned .. is that stroke victims need to sleep & the body sorts itself out when it needs to get active (wake up) .. often in a very short burst & then a long long sleep period - the bursts of wakefulness will get longer, and obviously the sleep patterns will change and become more normal. So as soon as the medical matters have been clarified and discharge can happen .. then, if possible, get the patient home & let them slowly recover in their own time frame .. don't push them too much. They'll never be completely the same .. but the rest and recovery will help them enormously.
I'll do some more notes like this .. that I hope everyone will find enlightening - even if only in a general overview way ..
Dear Mr Postman - thank you for this letter .. and I'm glad you think that these notes will be helpful to others ..