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On my read­ing list…

MY three book rec­om­men­da­tions

I had planned for BBC Ra­dio Berk­shire this week were A Dif­fer­ent Kind of Evil by An­drew Wil­son, The Dis­ap­peared by M R Hall and A Year in

Pem­broke by Jamie Owen and

David Wil­son.

A Dif­fer­ent Kind of Evil is the story of what about Agatha Christie got up to on her cruise shortly af­ter her dis­ap­pear­ance and marriage break down, and is the sec­ond book in the se­ries fol­low­ing A Tal­ent for Murder.

It’s very clever and leads the reader on a twisty jour­ney of red her­rings and typ­i­cal Christie in­trigue.

The Dis­ap­peared is the sec­ond book in The Coro­ner se­ries which see Jenny Cooper fully es­tab­lished in her role fol­low­ing her in­tro­duc­tion in The Coro­ner.

MR Hall, or Matthew, as I know him has writ­ten seven books in the se­ries as well as be­ing a bril­liant scriptwriter (Keep­ing Faith, Dalziel and Pas­coe, Ka­vanagh QC).

A Year in Pem­broke is a visual de­light of pho­tos by David Wil­son (Hin­ter­land, 50 Build­ings That Built Wales) with nar­ra­tive by Jamie Owen, they say a pic­ture paints a thou­sand word and with the dash­ing com­bi­na­tion of David and Jamie read­ers will be treated to a beau­ti­ful jour­ney of a year in Pem­broke.

I didn’t make it to the ra­dio be­cause I had to dash off to the RUH in Bath where my un­cle was fol­low­ing a stroke. Whilst there I re­minded my­self of the in­for­ma­tion on the NHS web­site, which I am sure you’re fa­mil­iar with but it doesn’t hurt shar­ing it again.

If you sus­pect you or some­one else is hav­ing a stroke, phone 999 im­me­di­ately and ask for an am­bu­lance.

Even if the symp­toms dis­ap­pear while you’re wait­ing for the am­bu­lance, it’s still im­por­tant to go to hospi­tal for an as­sess­ment.

Af­ter an ini­tial as­sess­ment, you may need to be ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal for a more in-depth as­sess­ment. Spe­cial­ist treat­ment may also be­gin if this is nec­es­sary.

Symp­toms of a stroke that dis­ap­pear quickly and in less than 24 hours may mean you had a tran­sient is­chaemic at­tack (TIA). These symp­toms should also be treated as a med­i­cal emer­gency to re­duce the chances of hav­ing an­other stroke.

Recog­nis­ing the signs of a stroke

The signs and symp­toms of a stroke vary from per­son to per­son, but usu­ally

be­gin sud­denly.

As dif­fer­ent parts of your brain con­trol dif­fer­ent parts of your body, your symp­toms will de­pend on the part of your brain af­fected and the ex­tent of the dam­age.

The main stroke symp­toms can be re­mem­bered with the word F.A.S.T.:

Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the per­son may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have drooped.

Arms – the per­son with sus­pected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there be­cause of weak­ness or numb­ness in one arm.

Speech – their speech may be slurred or gar­bled, or the per­son may not be able to talk at all de­spite ap­pear­ing to be awake.

Time – it’s time to dial 999 im­me­di­ately if you no­tice any of these signs or symp­toms.

It’s im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to be aware of these signs and symp­toms, par­tic­u­larly if you live with or care for some­body in a high-risk group, such as some­one who is el­derly or has di­a­betes or high blood pres­sure.

Other symp­toms

Symp­toms in the F.A.S.T. test iden­tify most strokes, but oc­ca­sion­ally a stroke can cause dif­fer­ent symp­toms.

Other symp­toms and signs may in­clude:

com­plete paral­y­sis of one side of the body sud­den loss or blur­ring of vi­sion dizzi­ness confusion difficulty un­der­stand­ing what oth­ers are say­ing

prob­lems with bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion difficulty swal­low­ing (dys­pha­gia) a sud­den and very se­vere headache re­sult­ing in a blind­ing pain un­like any­thing ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore

loss of con­scious­ness

How­ever, there may be other causes for these symp­toms.

Tran­sient is­chaemic at­tack (TIA)

The symp­toms of a TIA, also known as a mini-stroke, are the same as a stroke, but tend to only last be­tween a few min­utes and a few hours be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing com­pletely.

Al­though the symp­toms do improve, a TIA should never be ig­nored as it’s a se­ri­ous warn­ing sign of a prob­lem with the blood sup­ply to your brain. It means you’re at an in­creased risk of hav­ing a stroke in the near fu­ture.

If you’ve had a TIA, contact your GP, lo­cal hospi­tal or out-of-hours ser­vice as soon as pos­si­ble.

Thank­fully his was a mi­nor stroke.

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