Stress can cause many problems for people especially stroke survivors. The past eight months have been very stressful and recently it has effected my aphasia and other stroke related issues. As my aphasia became worse I decided it was time to take a break and take care of myself. When this happens it is your body telling you to stop what you are doing and find a place to relax and de-stress. I am spending my time at my favorite place in Maine. The minute I walked in I could feel myself relax. After several days I feel better, not stressed and rejuvenated. If you are under a lot of stress – Please find time for yourself to relax – travel to a place that makes you happy, attend a movie or go to a dinner and a play or just meet with your friends for a quiet night and chit-chat. It will do you the world of good and avoid any medical issues. Remember you only have one body so take good care of it!
I am doing research for my radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11AM and thought I should share it with you. According to the CDC and prestigious hospitals 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. On average one person dies from a stroke every 4 minutes in the United States. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and THE leading cause of adult disability. According to researchers 25% to 40% develop some form of aphasia. A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel ruptures, causing brain tissue.
Time is of the essence, there is only a 3 hour time span to receive medication such as a TPA, to someone suffering from a stroke. Every second you wait for treatment the more brain cells die inflicting more disability. Remember the signs are sudden and debilitating. Sign of a stroke are:
> One side of the face drooping or feeling numb
> Weakness or numbness in one arm or leg
> Slurred speech or difficult to understand
> Sudden confusion
> Sudden loss of balance or coordination
> Sudden severe headache
When you see notice any of these symptoms — write the time of the onset the these symptoms and all 911 immediately, even if they go away after a few minutes, and tell the dispatcher the person is having a stroke. If the symptoms dissipate within a few minutes the person needs to be checked for a TIA or mini-stroke or warning of a stroke within several months. Preventative medicines after the TIA can be ordered to reduce the chance of a major stroke,
Stay healthy, Stay safe and Take care.
Aphasia Awareness is my passion. “Sharing experiences Knowledge is Power” my radio show on TOGINET [Thursdays @ 11am EST] allows me to connect with millions of people and I am grateful for the opportunity. Aphasia is a very difficult and frustrating condition. Last week I spoke about the symptoms of a stroke, the differences between the right and left side of the brain and diminished abilities after a stroke. Also I spoke about Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.
Exciting News I am in talks to develop a device to help speaking easier.
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