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Do You Smell Burnt Toast?

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May = STROKE AWARNESS MONTH!

By: Carrie

So it sounds like a bad joke (it is and it’s not) but I heard it again this morning watching reruns of my favorite show Supernatural.

Person 1:“Do you smell burnt Toast?”

Person 2:”Are you having a Stroke? “

Well I didn’t when I had mine, but I’ve heard this on other TV shows and other random places. So, I thought “LMGT”= Let Me Google That and this is what pops up:

And with that google search I got this:

“There’s a popular myth that smelling burnt toast is a sign of a brain tumor, or that you’re having a stroke,” he said. “This isn’t true. “A stroke can affect any area of your brain, so it’s possible that your sense of smell can be affected, but there’s no particular smell that you need to worry about.” Sep 26, 2016

http://www.iran-daily.com/News/169295.html

There are 2 types of Stroke:

Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. It accounts for 87 percent of all stroke cases. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. But the most common cause of hemorrhagic stroke is uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure).

Here is just a small break down of our members that have had strokes:

Member Age at time of Stroke Type of Stroke
Carrie 38 Hemorrhagic
Christopher 38 Hemorrhagic
Debbie 54 Hemorrhagic
Jim 64 Hemorrhagic
Mark 58 Hemorrhagic
Chris 50 Ischemic
Jenny 37 Ischemic
Jill 51 Ischemic
Megan 29 Ischemic
Michael 45 Ischemic
Ted 51 Ischemic
Yvette 40 Ischemic

 

Unfortunately not all Stroke signs are obvious, (I didn’t really have any and everybody’s are different) but you can tell if someone is having a stroke with this quick tool:

The American Stroke Association developed this easy-to-remember guide to help identify the signs of a stroke.

F – Face drooping. Is one side of the person’s face drooping or numb? When he or she smiles, is the smile uneven?
A – Arm weakness. Is the person experiencing weakness or numbness in one arm? Have the person raise both arms. Does one of the arms drift downward?
S – Speech difficulty. Is the person’s speech suddenly slurred or hard to understand? Is he or she unable to speak? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can he or she repeat it back?
T – Time to call 9-1-1. If any of these symptoms are present, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Check the time so you can report when the symptoms began.

For facts and Information visit:

http://www.stroke.org/

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is the first step to ensuring medical help is received immediately. For each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked, a person loses about 1.9 million neurons. This could mean that a person’s speech, movement, memory, and so much more can be affected.

Learn as many stroke symptoms as possible so you can recognize stroke FAST and save a life!

Stroke symptoms include:

SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes
SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any of these symptoms.

Note the time of the first symptom.
This information is important and can affect treatment decisions.

http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/recognizing-stroke/signs-and-symptoms-stroke

#ourvolunteersareawesome

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*Volunteers at BIND are such special people. Last year, alone, we were gifted with 2,620 volunteer hours, which is the equivalent of a full time employee working 40 hours a week. They are truly indispensable and we want them to know how thankful we are for them. They are heroes in championing our mission and supporting our cause. They help make a difference in the lives of BIND Members.

Every April we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month and it was a pleasure for me to have had the opportunity to interview just a few of the 40+ dedicated BIND volunteers.

Martha

  1. How did you get involved with BIND?

I met Valerie in rehab. I was her patient. She knew I was involved with arts and crafts and asked me to volunteer.

  1. Do you have any pets?

I have no pets except my husband, Kiver.

  1. What do you do to unwind?

I have been playing the piano since I was 3.

What members are saying about Martha:

-Her willingness to teach Art inspires me to be more creative.

-She brings the best out in me.

-She is a very good teacher and talented artist.

-She has a very good since of humor (she has to, to put up with all of us.).


Neeru

  1. How did you get involved with BIND?

I saw Yvette, Mark and Kevin do a presentation about BIND and loved it.

  1. Do you have any pets?

No, I do not.

  1. What do you do to unwind?

I like to read and watch T.V. a little.

What members are saying about Neeru:

  • I really enjoy playing brain games with her. It is amazing how much effort she puts in to coming up with something new each week.
  • She is just nice.
  • She really gets into her work to help others.
  • She is generous, talented, caring and sociable.


Emilie

  1. How did you get involved with BIND?

Medical Center Plano referred me here. I was an RN there for 50 years.

  1. Do you have any pets?

I don’t have any pets.

  1. What do you do to unwind?

Some of my favorite things are cooking, taking care of my herb garden, and watching T.V.

What members are saying about Emilie:

-She is smiling all the time.

-She is very helpful and goes above and beyond what needs to be done.

-She is a doll; she’s like the Mom that looks out for us all.

-She is kind, conscientious, and caring.


Karen

  1. How did you get involved with BIND?

I heard about BIND through the National Brain Tumor Society in Ft. Worth. I talked to members at a booth in the brain tumor support group. I starting volunteering after that.

  1. Do you have any pets?

I don’t but I have two grand dogs, which are corgi puppies, and are very, very cute.

  1. What do you do to unwind?

I enjoy quilting with my church, reading, and working out at the cancer fitness center with my husband.

What members are saying:

-She is very helpful and takes good care of us.

-She is very compassionate and just a nice lady.

-Big heart full of smiles.

-She fits in with all of us and relates well to everybody.

E.J.

  1. How did you get involved with BIND?

I am a student in Brightwood College and I got assigned to BIND to do my first field work.

  1. Do you have any pets?

No, but I used to have dogs.

  1. What do you do to unwind?

I watch movies, workout and play tennis every once in a while.

What members are saying:

-He brings such positive energy when he walks into the room.

-He does an outstanding job.

-He is a super nice guy.

-He is the most helpful young man I’ve ever seen.

This BLOG Post was Prepared by:

~Jenny, BIND Member

~With support from The Communications Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOW: World of Work with UTD

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Getting to know Blanca & Sydney!

During Spring Break 2018, we welcomed two UTD students visiting BIND through the World of Work program (WOW!).

Enjoy the Q&A, prepared by Agnes & Megan.

Tell me about yourself.

Blanca: I’m 26 years old. I’m a mom and wife. I have 1 son and 3 daughters.

Sydney: I’m 21 years old. I’m from Florida. I have an older brother and a golden retriever named Lucy.

What is your college major and why did you choose to study in this field?

Blanca: I’m majoring in Neuroscience. I chose this field because I have a daughter with Spina Bifida. I wanted to learn as much as I could about my daughter’s condition. In addition, I have a sister that passed away from a brain tumor.

Sydney: I’m majoring in speech pathology. I chose this field because I have an older brother that is autistic and I do many therapies with him.

How would other UTD students describe you?

Blanca: I’m motivated, hard-working, and very busy. I’m known as a super-mom.

Sydney: I’m quiet and studious.

What have you observed about BIND members?

Blanca: I’ve seen amazing things. The motivation level is high. Everybody is helping each other.

Sydney: Everyone is happy to be here and they are enthusiastic about BIND.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Blanca: I will have completed my degree and I will have a job in a research facility.

Sydney: I will have graduated with my masters in speech pathology and I will be working in a hospital.

 

 

 

 

Synapse Laps!

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CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES!

Saturday, March 24, 9 am to Noon
1416 Gables Court, Plano TX

Join us for the first-ever Synapse Laps event for BIND. Walk, jog, ride or roll with us at the BIND office park – every lap is 1/3 mile – and we’ll help count your laps.  Survivors, families, kids, and leashed pets are all welcome.

*Superhero costumes are encouraged*

This event is sponsored by Medical City Plano and a light lunch is sponsored by California Pizza Kitchen. We’ll also welcome therapy animals from Equest, games and activities for all ages, and the BIND Store will be open for business (BIND hats and shirts will be on sale!).  Thank you as well for your sponsorship to Modern Woodman Financial and Select Rehab Hospital in Denton.

Registration for Synapse Laps is FREE.  We are appreciative of those who can give a suggested $5/person donation onsite.  PLEASE ARRIVE PRIOR TO 9:15 am to park inside of our office park. By 9:20, the lot will be closed to through traffic so our walkers can safely begin at 9:30.  Other Questions?  Email us by clicking here.

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE BY CLICKING HERE

March On…to a Support Group

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March 2018 Calendar for BLOG PDF

Area Brain Injury Support Groups

Allen:

Every 2nd Saturday each month
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Post-Acute Medical Rehabilitation Hospital
Meet in Team Conference Room
1001 Raintree Circle
Allen, TX 75013

972-908-2033 [Felicia] 972-908-2023 [Lesli]

Arlington:

Every 2nd Tuesday each month
1:00 – 2:30 pm

Center for Counseling
(provides simultaneous support groups for TBI survivors and caregivers)
301 South Center Street, Suite 214
Arlington, TX 76010

817-983-1087 [Deanna]

Dallas:

Every 1st Tuesday each month
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
Tom Landry Building, 5th Floor
Meet in Yvonne Gawthier Conference Room

411 North Washington Avenue, Suite 5000
Dallas, TX 75246

214-820-5967 [Donna]

Every 1st Tuesday each month
6:30 – 8:00 pm

UT Southwestern
Zale Lipshy University Hospital
5151 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75235

214-648-1754 [Dr. Brewer]

Denton:

Every 6 weeks on Wednesday
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Medical City Denton
Professional Office Building, Suite 310B
3535 South Interstate 35 E
Denton, TX 76210

940-384-3970 [Zachary or Carolyn]

Every 2nd Thursday each month
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Select Rehabilitation Hospital
Meet in Cafeteria
2620 Scripture Street
Denton, TX 76201

940-297-6500 [Front Desk]

Fort Worth:

Every 1st Tuesday each month (Aphasia only)
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Center for Neuro Skills (CNS)
6940 Harris Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76132
kscheirman@neuroskills.com [Kristen]

Frisco:

Every 2nd Tuesday each month
6:00-7:00 pm

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
Meet in Café
2990 Legacy Drive
Frisco, TX 75034

kirunkle@bir-rehab.com [Kirsten]

Irving:

Every 2nd Wednesday each month
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Baylor Scott & White Medical
Office Building II
5th Floor Rehab Unit

1901 North MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, TX 75061

972-579-8511 [Renee] Renee.vickers@bswhealth.org

 

Every Friday (Aphasia only)
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Center for Neuro Skills (CNS)
1320 West Walnut Hill Lane
Irving, TX 75038

972-580-8500
kscheirman@neuroskills.com

McKinney:

Every 3rd Friday each month
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every 1st Tuesday each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Stonebridge United Methodist Church
1800 South Stonebridge Drive
McKinney, TX 75070

940-206-2069

Every 2nd Wednesday each month
11:30 – 12:30 pm

Medical City McKinney
4500 Medical Center Drive
Meet in Classrooms 3 and 4
McKinney, TX 75069

972-548-5491 [Jennifer] (RSVP’s appreciated 1 week in advance)

Plano:

Every 1st Monday each month
3:00 – 4:30 pm

Medical City Plano
Medical Office Building 3, 1st Floor
Meet in Community Classroom

3901 West 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075

972-519-1583
(RSVP’s appreciated 1 week in advance for provided lunch)

Every 1st Friday each month
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Accel Rehabilitation Hospital
2301 Marsh Lane
Plano, TX 75093

214-695-6479 [Nikole]

Every 2nd Tuesday each month
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Grey Matters North Texas Brain Tumor Support Group
HealthSouth Plano Rehabilitation Hospital
2800 West 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075

GreyMattersNorthTexas@yahoo.com [Karen] www.Greymatters.us


Every other Wednesday
(twice per month)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nueva Vida (Spanish Speaking Group)
BIND Clubhouse
1416 Gables Court
Plano, Texas 75075

972-769-2463
Email for dates: members@thebind.org

Richardson:

Every 4th Friday each month at
1:30 – 3:00 pm

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Meet in Cafeteria
3351 Waterview Parkway
Richardson, TX 75080

972-400-2196 [Laura]

Various Locations:

Social, community-based events scheduled every month
Young Adult Group Survivors (YAGS)
gordlovesloopy@sbcglobal.net [Rebecca]

*Please email or call BIND with any information on changes or addition to support groups in the area: outreach@thebind.org or 972-769-BIND (2463).

Last updated: 2/26/2018                  

Pizza With Purpose

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Let’s do Lunch!  Or dinner…..at California Pizza Kitchen in Plano – March 7 & 8.  Present this flyer to your server and they’ll donate 20% of your total bill to BIND.  Thank you to the Willow Bend CPK manager, Rachel, and her team for supporting our organization!

Allen Americans Hockey – plays for BIND!

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Join us Friday, February 2 when the doors open at 6:05 pm for Allen Americans vs. Colorado Eagles.  Tickets are only $19 each and $2 of each seat purchased through this link will be donated to BIND.  Thank you to the Allen Americans for this generous, fun opportunity!

Please note: if you need disability-friendly seating, please add that in comments when purchasing your ticket.

Go to this website for everything else you need to know: http://allenamericans.com/bind/

Welcome to BIND!

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Getting to know Sierra Waddell: Today we welcome our new Program Director to BIND. Enjoy the Q & A, prepared by our Members! 

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?

  • Compassionate
  • Goofy
  • Scatter-brained

If you had a warning label, what would it say?

  • Caution: Do not over-stimulate, or she will self-destruct

Favorite band?

  • Shane & Shane

Favorite songs to listen to while:

  • Road trip = musicals (movie/Broadway)
  • Cleaning House = Old Country (classic)
  • Workout = 90s / early 2000s

Where did you go to school?

  • Undergrad: University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Bachelors of Science Education
  • Graduate: UT Southwestern Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counselling

Where did you grow up?

  • Lubbock, Texas

Do you have any siblings?

  • I have 1 older sister

Are you married?

  • Yes, to Adam for 3 ½ years and we currently live in Plano

Children?

  • Milo was born 9/12/2017 – 7lbs 1oz and 21.5 inches long

Pets?

  • Lady a Sheppard mix, she was a wedding present to each other. We filled out the rescue application while on our honeymoon.

Where have you worked?

  • I worked for Puzzle Pieced Kids as community outreach coordinator

What was your favorite thing about your last job?

  • Watching kids discover language

What’s your favorite saying?

“Live to love, love to serve.”

~BLOG post completed by BIND Members