…..a bit strange then my phone rang, it was my friend…..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 earlier. 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, an ambulance was called and she was in Middlemore hospital. It has been a year since this happened and she has recovered well. Her speech was affected for a short time but with help from a speech therapist she is now doing a lot better.
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?
TIME to TAKE ACTION call 111 straight away. DO NOT DELAY.
Stroke Association NZ recommend “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.”
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