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Tick, tock says the brain, what you need to do, do “FAST”.

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By Ovundah Nyeche.

Strokes occur due to problems with the blood supply to the brain: either the blood supply is blocked or a blood vessel within the brain ruptures, causing brain tissue to die. A stroke is a medical emergency, and treatment must be sought as quickly as possible.

It is important that a stroke is diagnosed quickly, not just to reduce the damage done to the brain, but because some of the treatment for stroke is time dependent.

There are two main kinds of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic, both caused by different factors and requiring different forms of treatment.

Once anyone has a stroke, you need to act FAST,  like it is said in medical parlance “Time is Brain, Brain is Time”. Most times people delay when their relatives have strokes, most send them to places that will not help them, many pray alone and forget prayer reaches any distance and faith without work is dead, most times many fail to realize the symptoms of stroke.

Okay let me bore you a bit with some facts.

* There are 200 billion neurones in the brain

* In a stroke 2 million neurones die per minute.

* The brain ages 3.6 years per hour of oxygen deficiency.

* 830 billion synapses or junction between 2 neurones are lost per hour (14 billion synapses /min).

* 714 km of myelinated fibres are lost per hour (12 km fibres / min)

You now know why I said initially, that time is brain and time is neurone.

Delay is dangerous, we will learn about basic symptoms in a moment.

FAST is an acronym used as a mnemonic to help detect and enhance the responsiveness a stroke victim needs.

 

F: Facial weakness, let’s say someone you know wakes up or suddenly develops weakness of their face, or bending of their mouth to one side, inability to smile, it may be a pointer that all is not well. It’s a pointer that you need to act fast.

A: Arm Weakness, let’s say suddenly there is weakness in the arm or leg of one side of the body or someone you know, heaviness of one part of the body, funny sensation on one side of the body, or abrupt inability to move the arm on leg or sudden inability to write, hold biro or sign signatures,it is a pointer that you may need to act fast. Also inability to walk suddenly or walking as though the person is staggering or having sudden reduced movement of one side of the body, or sudden inability to lift one arm or leg, you may need to rush to the hospital.

S: Speech difficulties, let’s say someone you were speaking with suddenly has slurred speech, the person can no longer speak clearly or pronounce clearly, you were speaking with someone and then you say Ndaa ( which in Ikwerre means how are you) and you expect to hear Orvuroma ( which means fine) and you hear meka ( which is thank you), you notice someone that could pronounce certain things is speaking as though a hot potato or food is in his or her mouth, someone can suddenly not swallow, cannot speak suddenly and is drooling saliva from the mouth, you may need to act fast.

T: Time; It is time to call for help and rush to the hospital, time is Brain. Time is of essence, every minute counts. In our setting 911 hardly works, but if you are confused and you stay in Rivers State you may need to know the numbers of the Rivers State Emergency Medical Services 112, 08033104730, 08079733265.

Time is brain, the brain clock ticking, act fast to limit the disabilities from stroke.

However, prevention is better than cure.

The best way to prevent a stroke is to address the underlying causes. This is best done by living healthily, which means:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Not smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol or moderating consumption.

Eating a healthy diet means getting plenty of fruits, vegetables and healthy whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes; eating little or no red or processed meat; limiting intake of cholesterol and saturated fat (typically found in foods of animal origin); and minimizing salt intake so as to support healthy blood pressure.

Other measures taken to help reduce the risk of stroke include:

  • Keeping blood pressure under control.
  • Managing diabetes well.

As well as these lifestyle changes, see your doctor to assess your risk for a stroke and reduce it by prescribing anti-stroke medications.

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    Kay

    September 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Really nice. I’m sharing this.

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      Ovundah

      September 8, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Thank you so much Sir

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    Amax

    September 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Good one. I hope the Rivers State EMS will also do well to respond promptly when called upon.

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      Ovundah

      September 8, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Test and see…you may first want to try the numbers to ensure they are going through.

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2019.

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Every 10th of September the World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Association of Suicide Prevention celebrates the World Suicide Prevention Day.

This year just like last year the theme is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’.

Every year about 800,000 lose their lives by suicide and this amounts to a death by suicide every 40 seconds.

25 more people attempt suicides and many more have suicidal ideations.

Of those aged 15 – 29 years, suicide accounts for the second leading cause death, topped only by Road traffic accidents.

Suicide is a public health concern and any one can be affected, and it is very preventable.

Unfortunately suicide does not end the pain but passes it to family members, friends, colleagues and others.

Last Saturday, RivEthics an initiative of the first lady of Rivers State Justice Mrs Suzzette Eberechi Nyesom-Wike, did a suicide awareness/ prevention campaign on radio and yours truly was the guest.

You can listen or download the broadcast which is in English Language and Pidgin English via the link below.

http://www.rivethics.com/index.php/2019/09/07/episode-167-ovundah-nyeche-world-suicide-prevention-day/

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Why do at last, what you should do at first?

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By Ovundah Nyeche

If you know you will eventually go to the hospital, please do go there first.

What shall it profit you to go everywhere and anywhere and then eventually come to a real hospital when options are few and limited.

You have diabetes and you are convinced by friends and others to stop taking your medications and you immediately thrash your medications and you start munching bitter leaves, bitter kola and alcoholic bitters like because according to them, it will cure you of diabetes.

Subsequently, you miss all your appointments as you think diabetes is all about sugar control.

Well yeah, you noticed your sugar control is better, but you are feeling more unwell and you seem not to realize, your kidneys are going on strike.

You are diabetic, you have a boil and you allow ‘the enemy’ to use you to burst it and you keep dressing the wound at home even when it is obvious the wound is going left and becoming worse. To explain it away, you are told you stepped on ‘poison’ (diabolic) and you have to also use diabolic means to treat it.

You know your issues, diabetes, but you are deceived, because someone that speaks Queen’s English and has a visa puts your hand in a phoney machine and gives you highfalutin diagnosis and tells you to discard your regular medications.
Hmm

I know the end of the story and it is usually not in your favour.

Please take your medications, instructions and appointments seriously and don’t take medical decisions based on hearsay or assumption.

#hearword #OvdSpeaks #hearwordseries

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Living Test Tubes…

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By Ovundah Nyeche.

And so one day I was seated with a patient, who came for a particular complaint…

And boom the  discussion turned to fibroids…

And boom I hear…

I am taking a herbal remedy for my fibroids…

And here was I sweating…

Madam, do you know what the herbal remedy you are taking contains? Nooooooooooo!

Madam, can you explain to me what fibroids are? The look changed to “if I had the chance, I will beat”… You can you explain to me what strength of material is? or explain to me the theory of relativity?…

Okay Madam, please do not be annoyed, “na play I dey play”…

Okay, jokes apart,  how does this herbal remedy work? Erm how am I supposed to know?

Madam, you know you are on other drugs, does this herbal remedy interact with other drugs you are taking?  And there was this “come young man you better behave yourself”… Well you know that look…

Erm Madam lest I forget, what are the side effects of this herbal remedy? “Haba” Doctor… These drugs are organic and have no side effect whatsoever…

Madam is beans you eat not organic? Shebi it has side effects… Which can range from firing, rumbling, peppering to praaaaaaaaa…

You say your medicine does not have any side effects at all? Yes oh…

Ironically, if a real doctor tells this patient anything, the patient will likely Google it… But when a wannabe is playing with the patient’s  life…They will likely look the other way…

Don’t kill yourself for nothing…

#hearword #OvdSpeaks #hearwordseries

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