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Parish Nurse Wellness Tip

May 2022

May is here and trees are blooming and grass is growing! With all that is happening in our world there is still a lot to be thankful for and to praise God.

 

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. There are several types of strokes and anyone young or old could have a stroke. It is definitely less likely as a younger person but it does happen. One way to help someone having a stroke (trouble speaking, paralysis of face, arm or leg, visual problems, headache, or trouble walking) is think FAST.

 

FAST:

· Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

· Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to rise?

· Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

· Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 or emergency medical help immediately.

 

Prevention is always good and that includes having your blood pressure checked. If you have high blood pressure and are taking your medicine regularly, keep a record of your readings to show your physician when you have a check-up. There are other reasons for a stroke and you can go to the link below to learn more about strokes.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stroke/symptoms-causes/syc-20350113

 

COVID BA.2 and Omicron XE are the variants that are infecting people now. To learn more go to cdc.gov. Please get vaccinated if you are not and boosted if you are eligible. I believe that things are getting better but we need to decide when we need to wear a mask according to the situation and people involved.

 

 

Enjoy May!

 

Dana Topliff MPA, BSN, RN

Parish Nurse