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Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip-A Vital Resource To Stroke Victims: The Caregivers (Vol.5, Iss.5)


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Logo of the United States National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Vital Resource To Stroke Victims: The Caregivers

The victim of a stroke need someone to help them as they recover and heal from the affects of their stroke. The caregiver is the person who provides care, concern and compassion to the stroke victim. Those who provide assistance give of themselves to  ensure the stroke victim, has the things they need on their journey to recovery.

Being a caregiver requires patience and persistence when interacting  with both the stroke victims and other resources. Please read and share the information below.

 

Caregivers/family members play a prominent role throughout the post-stroke recovery process. Caregivers/family members are essential to successful home care and too often are ignored. Caring for stroke survivors at home can cause high levels of emotional, mental and physical stress. In addition to distress, disruption of employment and family life makes caregiving very challenging. Family caregivers can promote positive post-stroke recovery outcomes; however, they need to care for themselves as well. Post-stroke recovery varies for each person; even if the stroke survivor returns to work and maintains a large amount of autonomy, family members may play a bigger role in the stroke survivor’s live than before the stroke.

Caregivers/family members of stroke survivors: You are not alone. National Stroke Association is dedicated to providing educational programs and resources to help you navigate the challenging post-stroke recovery journey.

Caregivers/family members may:

  • Assist with doctor’s appointments, medications, and exercises.

  • Manage financial matters and transportation.

  • Provide the stroke survivor with physical, mental and emotional support.

  • Assist the stroke survivor with daily activities such as personal care and hygiene.

  • Plan out the stroke survivor’s care, including setting routines and managing the care team.

  • Assess stroke survivor’s medical needs, communicate with healthcare professionals and advocate (medically) for the stroke survivor.

The read more go to http://www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=CARE

his month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 

Stroke Awareness Month banner

http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME


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“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!


Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 24, 2012 -Strokes Can Kill (Guest Post-Roger Caldwell)


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US Navy 070919-N-6278K-106 Laura Seris, a registered nurse and Project Hope volunteer attached to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), takes a blood pressure reading from a patient (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Today as  we highlight  Stroke Awareness Month, I yield my blog post to my friend and fellow blogger,   Mr.Roger Caldwell. As a stroke survivor, Roger is very knowledgeable about strokes and how to deal with the after effects of a stroke.  Roger is also the   Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild 2012 “Writer of The Year” 

Strokes Can Kill

By Roger Caldwell

As we come to the end of stroke awareness month, there is still a crisis with Brown and Black people around the world with hypertension and high blood pressure. There is limited research, educational studies, medical conferences, and funding directed to ascertain the fundamental core reasons why these two cultures have this problem. Many experts believe our lifestyles, our diet, and our economic status in the world contribute to our lack of healthy choices.

In the African American community, 1 out of 2 or 50% of the people in our culture have   hypertension. There are other chronic diseases in our community such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and a myriad of other complications that make our culture the sickest in America.

Every 45 second in America someone has a stroke. Every 3 minutes someone dies of a stroke. Strokes are the second leading cause of death in America, and the number one cause of long-term disability. The reason that I have studied and read up on strokes is because I am a stroke survivor who was devastated and debilitated by a stroke eight years ago.

I spent three days in ICU and when I became conscious, I realized I was paralyzed, I could barely talk, and I could not walk. I spent 7 weeks in the hospital, and when I left, I was in a wheelchair, and my left side was paralyzed. My story is in my book entitled, “The Inspiring Journey of a Stroke Survivor.”

There is nothing magical or mythical about strokes. When you don’t take your blood pressure on a monthly basis, you put yourself at risk as you get older. I believe the key to improving health disparities in the African-American community starts with proper food, diet, and exercise. To move our community forward, we must began to improve our lifestyle by going to the doctor, stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking, stop using illegal drugs, and lower obesity.

Everyone is at risk for a stroke. It does not matter your ethnicity, or how much money you have in the bank. At anytime or age, you can be devastated by a stroke, which would dramatically alter your family and your life. Know your numbers for lowering your blood pressure. Each time you look in the mirror, stroke and blood pressure awareness starts with you.

Roger Caldwell is sixty and is a contributor to all the African-American, Caribbean newspapers in Orlando, and a blog for Orlando Sentinel. He is the owner of a PR/Marketing company, ON Point Media Group, and the father of 3 children, and 1 grandson. For more information on his book or speaking engagements email at Jet38@bellsoth.net. Thank you Yolanda for allowing me to be a guest on your blog.

This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner

http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”

Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for May 22, 2012-Mental Health Awareness/ Happy 50th Birthday Rae Lewis Thornton (Vol.5, Iss.4)


Rae Lewis Thornton

Rae Lewis Thornton (Photo credit: Tennessee State University)

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS 2012

Do you take the beauty of your mind for granted? What are your thoughts on the notion that mental health is just as important as physical, social,  and emotional health? May is the month for Mental Health Awareness. The stigma and shame that comes a diagnosis mental illness is so taboo in our society today. There is so much that is not commonly known about mental health, its study and examination has been around for many years.  Mental Health America is an organization that is dedicated to  keeping awareness at  the forefront.  The bell is the symbol of hope for  Mental Health America and read why below

Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness.

—Inscription on Mental Health Bell

During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained people who had mental illnesses with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. With better understanding and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped.

In the early 1950s, Mental Health America issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. On April 13, 1956, at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Md., Mental Health America melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope: the Mental Health Bell. To read more go  to http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

Keep your mind fit by exercising it daily! Your mind is a gift to be treasured–YoTrip

*****Rae Lewis Thornton, HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY, you made it by the grace of God! Rae has been living a transparent life as a woman with HIV/AIDS for nearly 30 years. If you want to learn about the madness, the mental-toughness, and the miracle of Rae Lewis Thornton’s  journey then visit her award-winning blog and be enlightened and encouraged by her. To learn more go to:  http://www.raelewisthornton.com/ 

This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner
http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME
Related articles

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012″
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”

Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 17, 2012-The Facts About Strokes In African-American (Vol.5, Iss.2)


Strokes are not a respecter of any persons color, creed, nationality, or sexual orientation it strikes without warning. In the African-Americans community, the numbers are staggeringly higher than other groups. Know the signs and symptoms to help prevent strokes. You must be your best advocate.

Know the Facts About African Americans and Stroke

Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people. But African Americans are at particularly high risk.
Consider this:

  • Blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites.
  • Blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites.
  • The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is the highest in the world.
  • Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 62.9 percent of men and 77.2 percent of women are overweight or obese.
  • In 2001, 27.7 percent of black or African-Americans only, used any tobacco product. Heavy cigarette smoking approximately doubles a person’s risk for stroke when compared to light smokers.
  • Black women have higher prevalence rates of high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes than white women.

Unlike a stroke, when a TIA occurs, the blood clot resolves itself and there’s no permanent injury. When a stroke occurs and part of your brain dies from lack of blood flow, the part of the body it controls is affected. Strokes can cause paralysis, affect language and vision, and cause other problems.

You Have The Power

The burden of stroke is greater among African Americans than in any other group. In fact, not only do blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with whites, but blacks 35-54 years old have four times the relative risk for stroke.

But there is hope. You have the power to fight stroke – and win! By following these three simple steps, you can help protect yourself against stroke.

  • Reduce your chances of having a stroke by learning the risk factors and working with your doctor to help reduce your risk.
  • Recognize the warning signs of a stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency. Every second counts!
  • Respond by calling 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone close to you is having warning signs of stroke. Then check the time. When did the first symptom start? You’ll be asked this important question later. http://www.powertoendstroke.org/stroke-african-americans.html
This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner
http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012″
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”

Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 


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The Stroke Signs Worth Knowing

As we review and examine strokes, I came across this information on symptoms as it relates to women. It is important to know that the signs and symptoms present differently in women than in men. Be informed for yourself and others in your life. Remember knowledge is power and your health is your wealth! 

Unique Symptoms in Women

It is important to recognize stroke symptoms and act quickly.

Common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women:

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

Women may report unique stroke symptoms:

  • sudden face and limb pain
  • sudden hiccups
  • sudden nausea
  • sudden general weakness
  • sudden chest pain

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Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for May 15, 2012-The Stroke Signs Worth Knowing (Vol.5, Iss.3)


The Stroke Signs Worth Knowing

As we review and examine strokes, I came across this information on symptoms as it relates to women. It is important to know that the signs and symptoms present differently in women than in men. Be informed for yourself and others in your life. Remember knowledge is power and your health is your wealth! 

Unique Symptoms in Women

It is important to recognize stroke symptoms and act quickly.

Common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women:

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

Women may report unique stroke symptoms:

  • sudden face and limb pain
  • sudden hiccups
  • sudden nausea
  • sudden general weakness
  • sudden chest pain
  • sudden shortness of breath
  • sudden palpitations

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have any of these symptoms

Every minute counts for stroke patients and acting F.A.S.T. can lead patients to the stroke treatments they desperately need.  The most effective stroke treatments are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within the first three hours of the first symptoms. Actually, many Americans are not aware that stroke patients may not be eligible for stroke treatments if they arrive at the hospital after the three-hour window.

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do this simple test:

F—FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A—ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S—SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T—TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

NOTE THE TIME WHEN ANY SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEAR. If given within three hours of the first symptom, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke as FAST as possible.

“Understanding the warning signs is important because there are treatments we can give for stroke. If you understand the warning signs and get to the hospital quickly we can even possibly reverse the stroke itself,” says Dr. Dawn Kleindorfer, assistant professor of neurology at University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

Related Resources

National Stroke Association http://bit.ly/IWUXGK

 

This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner
http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

 

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”

Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

 

 


Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for May 8, 2012-Types of Strokes (Vol.5, Iss.2)


Let’s be real strokes are not a joking matter.  The more you know about strokes what causes them, their signs, and their symptoms the better you will be able to react in the event of an emergency. Please read below and click on the links to find out more about strokes during National Stroke Awareness month

Type of Strokes

Ischemic (Clots)Hemorrhagic (Bleed)
TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)Ischemic

Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. It accounts for 87 percent of all stroke cases. Learn moreHemorrhagic

Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. Two types of weakened blood vessels usually cause hemorrhagic stroke: aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Learn moreTIA

Often called a “mini stroke”, these warning strokes should be taken very seriously. TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) is caused by a temporary clot.Learn more       http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/

 

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 3, 2012-Stroke Awareness (Vol.5, Iss.1)


May is Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Although most strokes occur in people aged 65 years or older, strokes can occur at any age. For example, a new CDC study, Trends of Acute Ischemic Stroke Hospitalizations in the U.S.: 1994–2007, found that stroke hospitalizations increased among both males and females aged 5–44 years old, raising concern about this young population.

Photo: A woman reading information on a laptop computer.Knowing the symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately if someone appears to be having a stroke are crucial steps in getting prompt emergency medical care for a stroke. New treatments are available that can reduce the damage caused by a stroke for some victims, but these treatments need to be given soon after the symptoms start. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Stroke/

Strokes call for the those around a person experiencing signs and symptoms to need fast actions to get them proper care. Getting care could mean the difference of  life threatening affects.  When a stroke strikes it does not take a poll or have any respect of persons. Know the signs and be ready and willing to act in the nick of time.

This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner

http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME


Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris


Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology


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“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!


Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”


Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

Tuesday Thoughts for May 1, 2012-National STROKE Awareness Month (Vol.5, Iss.1)


 

This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness Stroke Awareness Month banner

History of
National Stroke Awareness Month

National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. On May 11, 1989, President George Bush signed Presidential Proclamation 5975 designating May asNational Stroke Awareness Month at the urging of National Stroke Association. Since then, National Stroke Association has been honoring this special time of the year to increase public awareness of stroke in an effort to conquer it.

Over the years, public education campaigns have been conducted during May to increase awareness of different aspects of stroke that directly affect specific populations, such as women or those at high risk for stroke. Today, National Stroke Association continues educating the public through campaigns such as the Faces of Stroke℠ and by designing easy-to-use tools and resources that initiate individuals and groups to raise awareness on a local level.

What is a stroke?

A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain.  When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.

When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost.  These abilities include speech, movement and memory.  How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharriss

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

 

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”

Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

 

 

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