Do you ever wish you could reboot and start over? I think that sometimes we do and yet maybe not really if you hear the story I want to share with you. I came across a tiny article about Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor that piqued my interest so I researched her and was fascinated by what I learned. Dr. Taylor’s profession was the study of the human brain when she had a severe stroke. She refers to it as a “stroke of insight.” She was 37 years old when this disaster struck and she spent the next eight years recovering.
She tells her fascinating story most entertainingly in her Ted Talk at https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_my_stroke_of_insight
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Signs of Stroke
F A S T
The word to remember when concerned about a stroke is FAST because time is crucial in reaching and instituting care. FAST will also help you to look for the signs of stroke.
Is the Face drooping?
Is there Arm weakness?
Is there difficulty with Speech?
If yes, to any of these questions it is Time to call 911
In the next post, we will look at stroke in a little more detail, but the most important take away here is to remember this mnemonic when questioning whether you or someone else is having a stroke.
Memorize it. Test yourself. Spread the word to others.
F A S T
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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