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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Sep 23rd 2010

The sun was shining, the weather was sweet, and John and Meredith felt like moving their dancing feet. As they were letting loose, Meredith slipped and fell. A thought shot through her mind that it was strange that she lost balance, but quickly got back up and after assuring John she was fine, they kept dancing. Luckily John was a neurologist and knew something didn’t seem right and so he took a step back and asked Meredith to do 3 things that saved her life.

 He asked her to perform as simple acronym S.O.S:

 

  • Smile – If the person has not just suffered a stroke this should be no problem to do. However, if there is any brain injury, there may be a crooked smile.

  • Open/Reach – Usually opening both arms wide and raising them to the sky shouldn’t be a problem. If someone has suffered a stroke, one arm may start coming down or be disabled.  

  • Speech – We speak simple sentences all the time, but a stroke victim may have slurred speech or confuse the wording. A sentence like, “What beautiful weather we have today” may not be as coherent.

Read in Full: http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=39656&cn=72



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