A Reminder to Never Give Up Hope
Four months ago, stroke survivor Terry Grimes came to us unable to walk, talk and perform basic tasks that most of us take for granted. He had suffered from a right-sided stroke back in October 2017 and faced a long road to recovery. However, his perseverance and the dedication of his team of rehabilitation specialists enabled him to regain his independence and head home.
“Over the past 3 ½ months, Terry has never given up hope and has stayed focused on his goals. Where he once required maximal assistance of 2 therapists to walk 2 steps, he can now walk 200 feet with someone watching for safety. He originally required total care for bathing and dressing tasks, he is now able to complete these tasks with someone nearby for safety. Where he initially required pureed foods and thickened liquids with help, he can now eat a regular diet all by himself. Terry’s team is so proud of his hard work – it has definitely paid off!” – Sarah Pecoroni, DPT and Dr. Caroline Sizer, two members of Terry’s Rehabilitation Team during his stay with us.
Congratulations Terry! We wish you the very best and can’t wait to see the amazing things you’ll do.
February is Go Red Month
This February, Northeast Rehab is “Going Red” to raise awareness for cardiovascular diseases such as Stroke and Heart Attacks. When it comes to stroke, timing is everything- catch it quickly and you have a chance to make a full recovery, wait too long and the results may be dire. Educating yourself and others on the warning signs of a stroke and conditions that may lead to stroke are two very important ways you can “Go Red” this February.
Spot a Stroke FAST
- Face Drooping- Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile, is their smile uneven?
- Arm Weakness- Is one arm weak or numb? Ask them to raise both arms, does one arm drift downward?
- Speech Difficulty- Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Can they repeat a simple sentence correctly like “The sky is blue.”
- Time to call 9-1-1- Is someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away. call 9-1-1. For stroke, someone other than the patient makes the decision to seek treatment in a majority of the cases. Stroke patients who receive tPA within 90 minutes of symptom onset are almost 3x more likely to recover with little or no disability.
Know Your Numbers
Knowing if you’re at risk for a cardiovascular event like a stroke or a heart attack is the first step to preventing one. The American Heart Association recommends that you know five key numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Your numbers help you and your doctor determine if you are at risk.
The following numbers are ideal for most adults: