post by David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org
A healthy 8 year old boy is playing with friends when suddenly he begins to experience severe left eye pain. He goes to pick up the ball and his right arm isn’t cooperating, allowing the ball to continue to escape his grip. You also notice his speech just doesn’t sound quite right. What now?
The scenario outlined above is based upon a slide presentation by Rebecca Ischord, MD Director of the Pediatric Stroke Program at the Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania. I had the privledge of attending her presentation at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles in February on the challenges and opportunities on detecting and educating physicians and the public about childhood stroke.
Here’s the presentation-> ISC2011childhoodstroke
If you don’t have time to view it now, (and you should if you want to really know-stroke), a quick presentation “take-away” that hit home was when Dr. Ischord mentioned one of the biggest barriers that needs to be overcome is the misconception that “everyone knows kids don’t have strokes”. That one sentence always sends shivers down my spine and continues to be the motivator behind the Community Impact Grant proposal I have written for the American Stroke Association. Now more than ever we need to find cost effective and “viral” ways of getting the word out to teach stroke awareness, beginning with our youngest Bright Minds, our kids. If you happened to read my last post, you are aware that Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts recently cut all funding for the stroke signs and symptoms campaign in that state. I’m sure other state budgets already have trimmed or eliminated their prevention campaigns or will soon cut off funding in these difficult times.
If you want to learn more about my Bright Minds proposal, click here.