Today we are going to Muse about money, stroke and the year-end. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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Over Thanksgiving Jeanette and I flew up to New York to spend the holiday with her family. On the flight the attendants came through the cabin offering drinks and snacks for sale. They would not accept cash; only credit cards were accepted.
Later, we rented a car and drove down to the DC area where we spent several days visiting friends. One morning we drove into Baltimore and had lunch at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It is quite a nice museum.
We parked in a pay lot at the museum. When leaving I offered the parking attendant a $10 bill. “No cash, Sir. We only accept credit cards.”
On all our currency it is written “THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE”. I wonder if they have ever read that. I wonder how long it will be before they face a class action suit. Hmmm!
A friend sent me the following information. I thought I would share it with you.
STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters…..S. T. R.
During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE: STR
Doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)(i.e. Chicken Soup)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY of these tasks, call the emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.
A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this shares it with 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be saved.
I have done my part. Will you?
Closing out the year.
This has been an exciting year, full of travel, croquet, art endeavors, family and friends. It is now coming to a close with what we call winter down here. Usually lasts a day or so.
Our best wishes to you and yours for the year to come.
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