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Two Medical Emergencies

Stroke: Know the Symptoms

I can't say it any better than [personal profile] wild_irises.

Because [profile] tnh recognized the symptoms of stroke earlier this week, [personal profile] elisem is not only still in my life, but effectively unharmed. There's a very short window for administering TPA (tissue plasminogen activator), which is the best treatment for ischemic stroke(doesn;t help other kinds), so everything depends on recognizing what's happening and getting to a hospital immediately.

The American Heart Association's symptom page is here. Elise's brief story of what happened to her is here.

In case you don't feel like clicking links, here are the basics. Watch for sudden

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

If these occur call 911 (in the UK, 999) immediately. Whatever your local emergency number is.

My life is richer because you are in it, too. So if you aren't into taking care of yourself, just be compassionate to me.

Retinal Detachment: Know the Symptoms

Info from the National Eye Institute.
The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from its normal position. If not promptly treated, retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss.

In some cases there may be small areas of the retina that are torn. These areas, called retinal tears or retinal breaks, can lead to retinal detachment.

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women, and whites more than African Americans.

A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who:

* Are extremely nearsighted
* Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
* Have a family history of retinal detachment
* Have had cataract surgery
* Have other eye diseases or disorders, such as retinoschisis, uveitis, degenerative myopia, or lattice degeneration
* Have had an eye injury

Symptoms include:
-- a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters, which are little "cobwebs" or specks that float about in your field of vision
-- light flashes in the eye
-- the appearance of a curtain over the field of vision.

A retinal detachment is a medical emergency. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of a retinal detachment should see an eye care professional immediately.

Two people I know recently experienced retinal detachments. One was a damned fool and refused to see a doctor for weeks. He ended up having eye surgery anyway -- plus he was forced to spend a couple of weeks with his face parallel to the floor, hoping that he could save any of the sight in that eye. His mobility was limited, and he will need a long time to get back to full working order. And the chances of saving any sight at all were very low.

The other got to a doctor immediately, had laser surgery, and is going to be fine.
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