The word that can save a stroke victim's life

As a nursing student, Myra Wilson's dream was to one day help patients heal. But she never imagined how suddenly she would be the one who needed help.

As a nursing student, Myra Wilson's dream was to one day help patients heal. But she never imagined how suddenly she would be the one who needed help.

"When the nurse said you're having a stroke and I'm going to call a code I was thinking, I'm not having a stroke." Said Wilson.

Wilson was lucky. Her stroke accrued at a hospital where the staff saw the warning signs and were able to get help immediately.

"They went through the thermal artery, up through the body, into the brain and pulled the clot out of the brain."

At just 41, Wilson thought she was too young to have a stroke. But the fact is it can happen to anyone, at any time.

"You look for signs, symptoms that what you do. Don't worry about the person’s age. If they are showing signs you just get help fast."

 F.A.S.T  is also an acronym the American Heart Association uses to teach other about spotting a stroke.

"The F in fast means facial dropping or facial paralysis. The A is for arm weakness. The S would be for slurred speech. And the T is for time. Time to call 911."

Today, Wilson is helping others as an orthopedic technician at Virginia Mason. And though the natural lefty suffers paralysis on her dominant side, she says she experiences "little miracles"  all the time.
 
"Writing with my right hand for a year has been quite an interesting journey, but I can do it."

She hopes her experience will inspire others to take the time to learn the steps, which could save a life.

"Get online there's a wealth of information with the American heart, American stroke association sites. You have to learn the symptoms and take action." Said Wilson.

On Saturday, October 15, the Seattle chapter of the American Heart Association is holding their annual Heart & Stroke walk at Seattle Center. For information about signing up, click here.

 

  

Copyright 2016 KING


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