Berlin Law Firm July 2018

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Problems seeing out of one or both eyes

WHAT WE LEARNED Having just gone through this harrowing experience, we have decided to do our part to spread awareness on how to recognize and respond to a stroke effectively. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in America and a primary cause of adult disability, according to the National Stroke Association. The key is identifying the symptoms at the onset of a stroke and seeking treatment immediately. STROKE SYMPTOMS The following symptoms come on suddenly, usually in tandem. While one of these symptoms on its own may seem innocent enough, having more than one at once should set off alarm bells.

Dizziness or loss of balance

A sudden, inexplicable headache

TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY Where strokes are concerned, every minute is crucial, and seeking professional medical treatment is the only way to help. If you or a loved one is showing the onset signs of a stroke, call 911 right away. Do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital, as you may pass out behind the wheel. If at all possible, note the time the first symptoms of the stroke appeared; it will help ensure that you or your loved one receive the most effective treatment. By all accounts, we were very lucky when it came to our response to Sonya’s stroke. Hopefully, by spreading awareness, you can be prepared if you’re ever faced with this unexpected, life-threatening health risk.

Numbness or weakness of the face, arms, or legs, usually on one side of the body

Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech

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Kielbasa Kabobs


Inspired by Good Housekeeping

3 red bell peppers

2 pounds fully cooked smoked kielbasa

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 large onions

1/4 cup olive oil

2 green bell peppers

Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Heat grill to medium. 2. In a small bowl, combine oil, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. 3. Cut pepper, onion, and kielbasa into 1-inch chunks. 4. Thread onto skewers, alternating ingredients. 5. Brush with oil mixture and grill, covered, 10–12 minutes. [NOTE: If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes before threading to prevent burning.]

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