But it did to long time Club member and past Club President Jim Pilcher.
This one single task has changed his
tripped, fell down, had trauma to his
head and suffered a stroke all in the same instant.
Can you imagine his
wife, Lorene, racing to help him when she
saw him face down in the driveway?
Calling 911 for assistance, his doctor, and riding with him to the hospital's trauma center in the ambulance!
And then discover there wasn't a CT scanner available, so the doctor said he
couldn't administer a 'blockage blocker' medication that could possibly save his
Because time is of the essence in stroke cases, before the brain dies because of lack of oxygen, a CT scan has to be done within 60 minutes of the trauma, so this medication can be injected into the body.
If this medication is not given to the patient, there are physical and mental disabilities that develop; memory loss, lack of eye/hand coordination, impairment of walking skills, and balance problems.
said we all have 'elements of a stroke' in us.
And strokes are the 3rd major killer in the United States behind cancer and heart disease.
also said we all must be mindful of 'what our bodies are telling us', what stroke symptoms we should be wary of:
had some of these symptoms before his
stroke but didn't pay enough attention to what his
body 'was telling him'.
is telling to Club to 'wake up' and pay attention.
You could be the next stroke victim.
is doing well with his
But it's been a difficult fight to come back and're-learn' many of the motor skills he
and we take for granted.
, with your ongoing recovery and your strength of character to stand up in front of the Club and tell your story.