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….. I said…..Hi there, how are you doing?
Her reply was quite bazaar…..her words were non-coherent…..I asked if she was ok, but her reply made no sense. Though she was using words, they were all jumbled and out of place.
She had had a stroke 2 years ago.
I asked if she was ok…..but again, her reply was jumbled. I told her I would come and visit her soon, and we said goodbye.
I got straight off the phone and called her son. I asked him if his Mum was ok…..he said that the last time he spoke to her, she was fine. I told him what had just happened and that I think your Mum has had a stroke. He went straight around to her.
Within the hour, she was in Middlemore hospital and is now on the road to recovery…..though her speech has been affected, her outlook is looking good.”.
We would like to thank Angela for providing her story.
FACE Is their face drooping on one side? Can the person smile?
ARM Is one arm weak? Can the person raise both arms?
SPEECH Is their speech jumbled or slurred? Can the person speak at all?
TAKE ACTION Call 111 straight away, DO NOT DELAY.
Stroke Association NZ recommends, “If any of the signs of stroke are recognised, don’t wait, call 111 straight away. Don’t call your doctor, or drive yourself – get help immediately. Ambulance staff want to hear from you if you recognise the F.A.S.T. signs – call 111 and tell them it’s a stroke.”.
Tomorrow we will look at how to manage a person experiencing a Stroke.
For more information, help and advice, check out and support the Stroke Association NZ click the image below.
Still available is our FREE Choking poster click on the image to go to the download site.
Check out the current guidelines below for changes in delivering CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat.
Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.