Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-Boise) is recovering after treatment for a mild stroke.
She said via a press release Monday that she attributes her quick recovery to getting immediate treatment after a family member noticed that she was showing signs of a stroke.
While was speaking with her son, Phillip, and granddaughter last week via a smart-phone video call, her son noticed Buckner-Webb's face looked unusual and her speech was slurred.
Buckner-Webb said she is fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends and to have received excellent professional care. I will be standing tall as the Legislative session begins, said Buckner-Webb, who is the Senate Minority Caucus Chair.
Buckner-Webb also said she wants to encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the signs of a stroke using an American Stroke Association checklist called F.A.S.T:
F Face-drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the smile uneven?
A Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like, The sky is blue. Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you will know when the symptoms first appeared.