This week sees us celebrating Mother’s Day in Ireland and as a mum of three I am certainly looking forward to receiving a lovely hug and a cup of tea in bed – you never know I might even get a bunch of flowers and if I am really lucky we’ll take a trip out to my favourite place for afternoon tea.
I am so thankful that my own Mum saw my three daughters – she was just thrilled to be a grandmother – but sadly she passed away due to a stroke when they were very small – in fact the twins were not even a year old. My husband was with my Mum when she first suffered a transient ischemic attack (T.I.A.) and just a few weeks later she passed away due to a stroke.
A number of my family have been affected by a TIA and have passed away with strokes so I am thrilled to see that this week is the first week that recognises National Stoke Week for the first time in Ireland.
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an episode in which a person has stroke-like symptoms for up to 1-2 hours. A TIA is often considered a warning sign that a true stroke may happen in the future if something is not done to prevent it.
You can follow Stroke Ireland on Twitter and on Facebook. There are also a series of events that are taking place throught the country.
The Irish Heart Foundation is the organisation behind National Stroke Week.You might have seen the TV campaign in 2010 called the Stroke Action F.A.S.T. campaign to build awareness of the warning signs of stroke so as to aid in the prevention of stroke. Here is a reminder:
F – Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?A – Arms – Can they raise both arms and keep them there? S – Speech – is their speech slurred? T –Time to call 999 if you spot any single one of these signs.
I hope you never need to contact the emergency services as a friend or family member is suffering a stroke, and am thankful to the Irish Heart Foundation for the initiative they are taking to build awareness.