stick out your tongue

i got this forward yesterday and instead of sending it to just 10 people like it asked me to – hows the world wide web for ya?! and yes T, i even scoped it out on snopes to verify the authenticity :0)

this may be old news to some, but it was new news to me. please pass this along, you may have the chance to save a very precious life one day:

Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

STROKE:
Remember the 1st THREE letters – S. T. R.

this may be a true story – if not, it’s still a great example:

During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall. She assured everyone that she was fine, they even offered to call paramedics, but she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today.  Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke – TOTALLY. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Doctors now say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S – Ask the individual to SMILE
T
– Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
R – Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS

If they have trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

And here’s the newest sign of a stroke – stick out your tongue.
If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

I have done my part. Will you?

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