Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

~WHEN THE UNIMAGINABLE HAPPENS~

What started out as a normal day on Friday,
turned into an unimaginable nightmare!


You see
I had a STROKE!!!

Even as I type these words, I am still in a state of disbelief
that this actually happened......to me!!!

Jeff, my granddaughters, Bella, and Sophia and I had decided to walk across the street to the school playground so they could ride their bikes and play for a bit before dinner!

I had almost stayed home to work on dinner, but at the last minute, thought it would be nice to go!

I remember beginning to feel like we were having an earthquake......like the ground was tipping,
and asked Jeff if we were!  He helped me sit down and so began the nightmare!

My left arm and leg were numb, and my speech became slurred!  I can still see the look of fear on Jeff's face as he called 911 and tried to hold me up so I wouldn't fall over, plus trying to watch Bella and Sophia!!

I was completely helpless and knew something was terribly wrong, but had no control over myself and when I tried to talk, my mouth would not work right!!

Poor Jeff was such a trooper and with his quick thinking and action, truly saved my life!!  He somehow managed to gather the girls, both hysterical, call our son, who was on his way home, and fill in the paramedics when they came!!  He is my HERO!!

I really don't remember much about the ride there or all that transpired during the next few hours, but I had all the signs of a stroke and then, miracle of miracles,
 THEY RESOLVED THEMSELVES...
COMPLETELY!!  

I was talking normally, could lift my arm and leg, and follow all the directions asked of me!!  Jeff said it was unbelievable how I changed from one minute to the next and all the nurses were amazed!

All seemed to be back to normal and then about 40 minutes later I began to have all the same symptoms on my right side this time!!  So the nightmare continued!!   

Originally, they were thinking it was what is called a TIA, or a mini stroke, one that will resolve itself, but because of the length of time I had the symptoms, they decided it was a CVA!  There is so much info on the internet about strokes that you can read about if you want to know more!
 They believe I had a blood clot in my brain that moved from side to side and then just dissolved on its own!  

Even so, I was given a special medicine called a CLOT BUSTER, to dissolve any more clots, and had to be watched very closely because it is quite dangerous!  It can only be given to patients during a small window of time and because my husband acted so quickly, I was able to take it!
  

I was admitted to the hospital and seemed to have wires and tubes everywhere!!  I spent the next 2 days being checked every half hour to make sure I was not in danger!! I had CT Scans, ultrasounds of my heart and carotid arteries, blood pressure checked, and all the other tests one gets, and each and every one came back clear and negative!!  I can honestly say that I felt such a peace and calm during this time and am so very thankful for the wonderful care I received from all the staff at Redlands Community Hospital!!   

Not only was being told I actually had a stroke UNIMAGINABLE, but the fact that after going though all of this, I am now home, and have NO DEFICITS from this experience is
TRULY UNIMAGINABLE!!!  The gratitude I feel can not even be expressed and I truly felt God's presence with me and still do at this moment!!

Many of the nurses told me that very few IF ANY of their patients ever go through what I did and come out with a happy ending!!  One nurse told me what a pleasure it was for her to have a patient be able to talk and do as well as I did!!  I cannot even begin to express how very humbled and thankful I am!!    

For now, I am just taking one day at a time, doing what I feel up to and resting, and just so very very happy my story has a happy ending!!  

Beautiful flowers from my  neighborhood

I have been working on some spring things and plan to still plug away at them, enjoying the process of slowing stitching, but not being in a hurry!!  

I know my life is a gift and that God has certainly been with me.......

Jeremiah 29:11 from The Message, says it so well.....

I know what I am doing,
I have it all planned out--
plans to take care of you,
not to abandon you;
plans to give you the future you hope for!

Local flowers that promise SPRING is coming!

May you sense and know that God has a plan for you as well, filled with HOPE~~

Thankfully,

Julie 

26 comments:

charmingsbycmh said...

Praying for you all will be well. Everything is for a reason, trust in the Lord.
God bless.
Carolyn

Mugwump Woolies said...

Oh my goodness, Julie! I am so happy to hear you are alright! It must have been so scary for all of you...especially you. It certainly is important to get treatment immediately when signs of a stroke occur, and Jeff was indeed your champion. I'll keep you in my prayers, dear friend. Please take it easy and let yourself be pampered for a bit.
Sending a big hug,
Robyn

HomeSpunPrims said...

Oh Julie, how thankful I am for your good outcome my sweet friend. God is so good and knows our every need. Praise him for being with Jeff and helping him to do all the right things and for your total healing of all of your symptoms. It's been a privilege to pray for you and I will continue to do so. Much love, Lori

Penny said...

Oh my, Julie! How frightening!! So happy you are okay... Thank the Lord for your quick-thinking husband and for the skill of the paramedics, drs. and nurses. Stay well.... thoughts and prayers are with you. Penny

old crow said...

Oh my goodness Julie! So thankful for Jeff being there and being able to take care of you and the girls! You are one lucky lady!! So happy your sweet angels were watching over you!! Hope you heal quickly and are able to take it easy!!
Big Hugs to you!!
Mona

fancynancy said...

Get Well Soon :D

Prims By The Water said...

OMG...so glad you are ok. My gramma B had a stroke in her 50's and she had to do many months of exercises to walk again and I remember squeezing a ball with her to get her strength back in her arm. It was a long Summer that year. Thank heaven Jeff was there and acted so quickly. Take care, Janice

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

How very frightening. With a stroke quick treatment is everything. Thank God Jeff was there with you at the time and help came quickly! Praying for your complete recovery.
Take Care!

Earlene L. said...

Julie!!!!! Very scary to read and Thank God your okay. Can't imagine the fear of it all and glad you had great care.
(((Hugs))))
Earlene

Rugs and Pugs said...

Julie,
I am so happy your story has such a happy ending!!! You are one blessed lady.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Blessings in the Country said...

Wow!!! So scary for you and Jeff! God sure had His hand on you both! Thank God you got through it okay!!
Jessica

The Humble Stitcher said...

Oh my goodness, Julie! So glad to hear you are ok but what a scary thing to go thru. God certainly meant for Jeff to be there and I'm so happy he was. Take care of yourself and keep feeling better :)
Love and Hugs!!!
Sandy

Carmen Sutton said...

So glad that you had such a wonderful ending to a scary experiance take things slow so you have a nice strong recovery.

annie said...

Crying as I read this, praying for you!

Doreen said...

oh my goodness..I am so sorry to hear this. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

hugs to you.

Doreen

Larkrise garden girl said...

Julie, that window of time is where you were blessed. My mom had a stroke and that window is when they can give you that clot buster drug!
Isn't it amazing all those choices taking the walk hubby being there and getting help quickly. God is good. You are blessed. Prayers are going out to you and your family. Cheri

Christine said...

Wow.......as you now know you are very fortunate. As a retired ER nurse many outcomes were not like yours....you certainly had a higher power watching over you ! Blessings !

Kathy L. said...

Oh My how blessed your are. Prayers for continued health!

Kathy

Primitive Stars said...

Oh my Julie, how terrifying, thank god you are ok now. What a hero Jeff is, thinking fast was a life saver. I cannot imagine how scary that would be. Sending prayers to you,Hugs Francine.

The Rusty Thimble said...

Oh my, so glad to hear you are home. praying for you and your health
Brenda

Kim said...

So glad you are OK, what a day....God hand his hands on you the whole time. Jeff did an awesome job. Glad you were in great care. Take it easy Julie~
Love and Prayers~
Kim

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Dear Friends,
I am truly grateful for all of your wonderful well wishes and prayers!!
It is still so hard to believe it happened, but I am just so thankful for how God took care of me, for a wonderful husband who knew what to do, and for a great hospital and staff!
I am recuperating and taking each day as it comes! I am truly blessed indeed!
With love to you~
Julie

moosecraft said...

oh my goodness, Julie! So glad you are fully recovered.... and big thank you's to Jeff for being a calm & quick thinker! Hugs!

Allison said...

Glad you are home and everything is fine. Very scary.

dee begg said...

Wow! Glad everything turned out ok. God certainly has a miraculous plan for you.

Keep taking it one day at a time.

D

Orange Sink said...

Hi Julie,
Oh my goodness! I am just now reading this ( so far behind on my blog reading!!) I am so thankful you were able to pull through this very scary ordeal! Indeed you were being watched over and I pray you continue on with no further episodes. Gosh we really take each day for granted until something like this happens! Stay healthy and happy my friend!!
HUGS!!!
Cathy G