Not a very happy subject today but basic common knowledge. One of your guests or collegues can have a stroke or TIA. Both a stroke and a TIA are medical emergencies and need immediate medical attention. As a way of helping the general public become more aware of the symptoms of a stroke or TIA, a simple 'symptom checklist' to remember has been devised and publicised. This is to think of the word 'FAST'. That is:
F - Facial weakness. Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
A - Arm weakness. Can the person raise both arms?
S - Speech disturbance. Can the person speak clearly? Can they understand what you say?
T - Test for each of the above three things.
If any of these symptoms suddenly develop, then the person needs to see a doctor urgently. So call an ambulance FAST. The FAST checklist does not cover every possible symptom of stroke or TIA. However, it is easy to remember and it is estimated that about 8 or 9 in 10 people with a stroke or TIA will have one or more 'FAST' symptoms.
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I see it all the time, collegues who clean and dry wineglasses without putting the foot in the corner of the towel. And nobody instructed them ever to dry the glasses in a safe way. Following your old habit can be very dangerous! Why?
- The foot (purple arrow) can have sharp edges because a little piece of glass broke off. While turning the glass to dry it, you'll have thus a nice scarf in your palm or fingers. Aarrghhh!
- The stem (the piece you hold in your hand) can break. Mostly it will break near the foot (orange arrow) or at the button (yellow arrow) and because you put some force on the glass, it will be launched and work like an arrow which will damage your hand. Auwww!!!
Don't forget: We CrazyWaiters need our hands more than anyone else!
(thanks to dear collegue P. to take the photos. And to my other dear collegue S. to give me the urge to write this blogpost after planning and postponing so many times)