I originally posted this on The Brighter Side of Parenting, but it’s such an important topic I wanted to share it here too.
My in-laws were visiting recently, and my health-conscious mother-in-law mentioned she was going to email me a short and funny video clip about someone getting a heart attack.
HUH?! How can a video clip about a heart attack be funny?
But she was right, it is kind of funny. And it’s well done, though it too closely represents the morning chaos in my house. Check it out below. It was created by the talented Elizabeth Banks, and is worth a few minutes of your time.
Whether or not you’re a parent, you may be used to putting the needs of others ahead of your own. Especially in the midst of chaos. And because of that, you may not pay attention to telling physical warning signs.
So here’s some important information on heart attack and stroke warning signs, which I got from a handy wallet card from the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation:
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
(NOT just the left-arm pain they used to portray in movies)
– Chest discomfort
– Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (neck, jaw, shoulders, arm, back)
– Shortness of breath
If you or another person experience the above, call 9-1-1. By reacting quickly, you can greatly improve chances of survival and recovery.
(Note: you do not have to be experiencing all of these symptoms to seek help)!
Warning Signs of a Stroke
– Weakness (sudden loss of strength or numbness in face, arm or leg, even if temporary)
– Trouble speaking (or sudden confusion)
– Vision problems
– Headache (sudden and severe/unusual)
The same applies here: if you or another person are experiencing the above, call 9-1-1.
Stay healthy and know the warning signs!
On another note:
Awhile back, Ida Mae West-Simone, talented and insightful blogger at A Vision For Our Kids, wrote a post titled We’re Different, We’re the Same: Showing Equality to Little Ones. One small step toward banishing bullying. In it she refers to my post Childhood Lessons on World Peace, and talks about an important step we can take towards ending the cruelty of bullying. Check it out!