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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Last night, one of my husband's family members had a stroke. It looks like it was pretty severe, but we're still waiting to hear exactly what's going on.

I was sure I posted a link to something an author wrote about how you can tell if someone is having a stroke years ago, but I can't find the link anywhere. But I did save the information and in light of what's happened, I feel like I should share it.

It can be hard to tell if someone is having a stroke, but if you see someone having:

-- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
--Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
--Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
-- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
-- Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Call 911 right away. Don't hesitate, don't let the other person try and talk you out of it. Just do it.

If the symptoms aren't really clear but you think the person might be having a stroke just:

--Ask the person to smile
--Ask the person to raise both arms
--Ask the person to say something simple (like "I like food.")

If the person has problems doing ANY of these things, call 911 right away.

After what's happened, I feel like I need to share this. Thank you for reading it.

And although I admit my mind is elsewhere now, I do have some links to share and well--I like sharing them with you and it's nice to do something that makes me smile. So here they are!

Now, I admit, I think Melissa de la Cruz is just about one of the most awesome people ever, but this blog entry about writing--which covers just about everything you can think of-- really is fantastic, and inspiring to boot.

Agent and author Nathan Bransford wants to know what keeps you writing--with well over 200 comments, there's a lot read here!

Genereality on dealing with rejection

Agent Rachelle Gardner has a great post about facing challenges -- "Those hard moments, the ones when you wonder why you're doing it, the moments when you think you want to give up... Those moments are when you prove to yourself who you are and what you're made of. Those are the moments that separate the men from the boys, the writers from the wannabes. They are your moments of truth."

Great look at what an editor does from Alvina Ling, a long-time editor at Little, Brown--not only is the post itself fantastic, there's links in it where you can read even more about what she does. Definitely worth checking out!


Blogger barbrafl said...

Hope everything is okay, best wishes right now.

February 18, 2010 5:34 PM  
Blogger Pam Harris said...

Wow, thank you for sharing that with us. I wish you the best, as well, and appreciate that you're being so informative. This is one of the reasons why I love your blog and nominated you for a Sunshine Award. If you'd like to accept, please come visit my blog.

All the best,


February 18, 2010 7:52 PM  
Blogger teenybits said...

My grandfather had a stroke 4 years ago, He still has trouble walking and speaking. Hope everything is better.

February 18, 2010 11:44 PM  
Blogger Medical Librarian said...

Best of luck to your husband's family member.

Something easy to remember that we use at the hospital where I work in relation to stroke--FAST.

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke:

F ace – Facial droop or uneven smile

A rm - Arm or leg numbness or arm or leg weakness

S peech – Slurred speech or difficulty speaking or understanding

T ime – is of great importance in terms of treatment--call 911.

February 19, 2010 10:23 AM  
Blogger Alexa said...

I hope they are okay. Thanks for the information.

February 20, 2010 4:21 PM  

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