Wednesday, September 25, 2013

  (L) Anne with Dean and Jeremy. Below: Richard Collier




Please keep Anne Lawther and Rich Collier in prayer. 

Last week Anne suffered a mini-stroke, was hospitalized and released a couple of days later. The first month after a mini-stroke is critical.

Anne first shared Christ with me in 1971 and in the fall of 1972 I trusted Him for salvation. 



I'm reminded of Hebrews 13:7: 'Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.'

So, what is a mini-stroke?

A "mini-stroke" or "transient ischemic attack" (TIA) occurs when there is a temporary drop in the blood supply to the brain, depriving it of essential oxygen. The patient experiences stroke-like symptoms, although they don't last as long. A mini-stroke only lasts a few minutes and disappears within a day.

In other words, a TIA is like a stroke, produces similar symptoms, but only lasts a few minutes and causes no permanent damage.

It is estimated that up to 500,000 people in the USA experience a TIA each year.

Although symptoms fade away rapidly, most patients do not seek medical help. Between 10% and 15% of TIA patients have a full-blown stroke within three months - 40% of those strokes occur within 24 hours. Rapid evaluation and treatment of patients who experienced a mini-stroke, either in specially designed TIA clinics or the emergency room, can significantly reduce the risk of subsequent stroke.


For further information, check out: 

http://www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TIA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transient_ischemic_attack 
The warning signs of a TIA are exactly the same as for a stroke:
numbnessSudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
confusionSudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
trouble-seeingSudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
dizzinessSudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
headacheSudden, severe headache with no known cause
Source: www.strokeassociation.org
  
Check out this brief slideshow and know more:
http://www.webmd.com/stroke/ss/slideshow-stroke-overview
  


Here's the latest on Rich:
http://prayforrichcollier.blogspot.com/