Friday, May 1, 2015
May Day, One Year Ago Today | Random Journal Day
It is May Day! One year ago today my journal is full of exclamations points, both happy and sad. The pages preceding this day contain prayers for two of my friends, one had recently found out that her son had just 4 months to live, and the other was walking through another very difficult family situation.
My son and his wife had FINALLY released the news that a baby was on the way and I could openly bask in the news that I was going to be a grandma! We had already decided that we wanted to move to Texas to live near them, and this gave us the obvious deadline to make this happen!
On May 1st I was home alone making myself a sandwich for lunch when my right arm and right leg went entirely numb. Not tingly like when your limb goes to "sleep", but heavy and useless and numb. I moved to the couch because I thought I might faint, though I was not dizzy and had no headache. It lasted about 10 minutes as I sat there wondering what to do.
After it happened again one hour later I called Hubs at work and asked him to come home. He said to call the Emergency Room for advice while waiting for him to get home (45 minutes away). I called my doctor instead and they said to get to the ER as soon as possible.
A few hours in the ER revealed that I'd had a mini stroke. I was told to see my doctor for further instructions. A few days later Hubs and I sat in my doctors office as she wrote out a new prescription for high cholesterol to go along with the high blood pressure med I was already taking.
Her other recommendation made both of us laugh. She said that I needed to "take it easy and have a few months of rest." Her questioning look was answered with the news that we were hoping to move out of state in the next few months, though we had not sold our home or found a new home or had any jobs to go to.
My Internet research on mini strokes told me that a major stroke is very likely within one year from a mini stroke. Thank you Internet.
On May 6th Hubs got a call with a job offer in a city one hour from our kids in Texas. He said "Yes, when do you want me to start?"
In 6 WEEKS!!!
By June 25th we had SOLD our home of 20 years, BOUGHT a gorgeous home in Texas we had never seen, and found ourselves standing at the front window of our California home watching a huge moving van drive away with all of our possessions!
Yes, there were many exclamations points in these journal pages!!
And the Internet was wrong. I am happy and semi-healthy and very much alive today, one year since the mini stroke. So much has happened since that day. It scared us both a lot, and we do not and did not take it lightly. For the next month my hubby called me from work every single hour and boy did I get in trouble if I did not answer! Now he is back to calling on his breaks and during his lunch. I feel loved and cherished.
I am sitting here in Texas today, listening to the music of water trickling into my pool from the hot tub, accompanied by the snores from my dog beside me. My grandson is only 30 minutes away and I get to snuggle him at least once a week. I am so thankful for the crazy journey we have traveled since May Day last year.
I have lots of time to "take it easy and rest" now, but it's the last thing I want to do! I can sense God's presence in the sound of the water falling over the rocks. We never know what day will be our last. We only know that the day we are in is a day to give thanks. A day to listen for His voice. A day to follow whatever path He has opened up in front of us.
I hope you all (y'all) are having a wonderful and happy May Day! And I pray that if this day finds you in a bad or sad situation, that you will be able to search hard to find one thing to be thankful for.
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