Having experienced several Strokes, I didn’t know what ‘the signs were and what to expect’. But I do know now…, and I would like to pass on some valuable (life saving) information on my experience and information I have found about Stroke.
 
 
September 8th to 14th (week) is in recognition of STROKE, - so you can do something to help spread some valuable information about STROKE.             

http://strokefoundation.com.au/
 
Knowing what I do now, I could have and should have acted quickly to assist with my recovery. My first stroke happened in January 2014 during a seizure. I was sitting in the lounge chair waiting for my wife to take me to the doctors at 12:30pm as I was having multiple seizures, up to 20 a day. Feeling fairly exhausted after each seizure which only lasted between 90 seconds and 2 minutes, the physical toll on my body was increasing throughout the day.
 
On arriving at the doctor's surgery, I slowly walked into the doctor’s room (I had noticed that my left leg and left arm seemed to be a little numb and experiencing pins and needles), other than that I was feeling OK. My speech was a little slow, however I thought this was something to do with the seizures. But as the seizures continued (at the doctors office), I could not talk or control any physical movements, my eyes would blink in a strobe like fashion and left arm would fold up to my shoulder.
 
The Doctor was young about 25 to 30, and she immediately said that I have had a stroke. Feeling a little frightened, she asked me a few questions which I tried to answer with some difficulty, and she then called my wife into the room and had prepared a letter to send me to Modbury Hospital immediately.
Arriving at Modbury Hospital, I walked to the Emergency area and gave them the letter and as they asked me a few questions……., my wife has to answer as I was still having a few seizures. After several hours I was seen by a specialist, who identified the seizures and by 8:00pm, I was given some medication and sent home with a letter for my doctor.
 
We were in the process of changing Doctors as we found a practice closer to home. I had an appointment with the new doctor and to my best ability tried to explain what was happening to me – he had arranged an urgent MRI Scan and blood tests and when we returned to his medical practice on the same day, he had already had a letter prepared for immediate admittance to Lyell McEwin Hospital. Fortunately my two other Strokes occurred during a lengthy stay in hospital.
 
Time has moved on...., I am slowly getting better and have a lot more knowledge about Stroke and Men’s Health in general, SO I have just one message to give you and that is to encourage everyone (especially us blokes) to go and see your doctor and get a medical check up each year ...... You owe it to yourself and your family  -  SO Just Do It !

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Now some important life saving information for you:
 
There are several key signs when someone is having a stroke, and I found this information on the Australian Stoke Foundation website.

 
There is also a hot line so keep this near your phone;  StrokeLine 1800 787 653
 
 

          Signs of Stroke FAST

How do you know if someone is having a stroke? Think… F.A.S.T.
 
The F.A.S.T. test is an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke.

Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions:
 
Face    Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arm    Can they lift both arms?
Speech      Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time    Is critical. If you see any of these signs call 000 straight away.
 
A stroke is always a medical emergency......... Recognize the signs of stroke and call 000. 
 
A stroke is not a heart attack. A stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly interrupted. Some strokes are fatal while others cause permanent or temporary disability.
 
The longer a stroke remains untreated, the greater the chance of stroke related brain damage. Emergency medical treatment soon after symptoms begin improves the chance of survival and successful rehabilitation.
 
Facial weakness, arm weakness and difficulty with speech are the most common symptoms or signs of stroke, but they are not the only signs. Other signs of stroke may include one, or a combination of:
 
>   Weakness or numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on either or both sides of the body
>   Difficulty speaking or understanding
>   Dizziness, loss of balance or an unexplained fall
>   Loss of vision, sudden blurring or decreased vision in one or both eyes
>   Headache, usually severe and abrupt onset or unexplained change in the pattern of headaches
>   Difficulty swallowing
 
The signs of stroke may occur alone or in combination and they can last a few seconds or up to 24 hours and then disappear.
 
When symptoms disappear within 24 hours, this episode may be a mini stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA).
 
If you or someone else experiences the signs of stroke, no matter how long they last, call 000 immediately.

The faster your act, the more of the person you save.
 
 
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