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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18 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I remember that! Praise God that you are here and WOWSA- what a journey! I am so grateful that the internet is wrong. Except my blog, of course...which is never wrong. Hahahahaha.

    I LOVE your tosies in the pic. Oh, He is SOOOOOOOOOOOO Good. Even when things are BAD His faithfulness is inescapable! Praise Him ! Thank you Jesus, for SUsie, and Texas and family and Layla...and beautiful provisions you allow to bless us! HUGS!

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    1. Pretty crazy huh? It does not feel like a year has past since this all happened. And no, YOUR blog is never wrong!

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  2. I have read about your journey during the last year and before, but wow! to see that wild year recapped in one post is amazing. I remember how happy you were to find the house of your dreams and beyond your dreams.

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    1. Hi Terra! There are so many other exclamation-point-happenings along the way from there to here too!

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  3. I am SO glad that God has brought you safely through this past year. We would all be so lost without your smiling face and pretty toes in the water! You are such a blessing to me. I always look forward to reading anything you write, whether it be a blog or a facebook message. Your friendship (albeit, long distance) is one of the best things that have happened via the internet in the past four or five years that we've known each other. (Wow! Can it be that long?) We've been through a lot of similar situations together...ok, I need to stop. I just thank the Lord for you. That pretty well covers it. <3 <3 <3

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    1. I cherish our friendship Pam. I never would have imagined that I could cross paths online with someone who would impact my life in the way you have. Can you love someone you've never been in the same room with? Yep, you most definitely can! love you lady! <3

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  4. Wow - a mini stroke! How wonderful to read about your life now with grandchild nearby. Wishing you MANY healthy years ahead.

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  5. Susie: "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." This is so beatifully said, may I quote you." I found out a few years ago that an MRI showed I had a stroke and was unaware of it. Two years later, I was checked again but there was no change. I praise God for the fact you have been able to accomplish all you have in the past year,

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    1. Hi Celeste, thanks for coming by and yes, you may quote me! I am so glad that you are OK!

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  6. Wow, what a journey, right. An adventure with your name(s) on it. I love that God interrupted you as you were going about your business, planning your future, and slowed you down, even briefly. And that He called you onward. I love that it's never just one thing that He's doing but a thousand at a time. And that YOU get it. YOU recognize Him, sitting quietly or not. I love that you're out there speaking LOVE in everything you write, no matter what the audience. Walk on, sister!

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    1. Crazy huh? And here I am, one of those people that like to keep things safe and stable. Of course some people live with the unknown and risky adventure all the time. Thanks for your encouragement friend, it means a lot!

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  7. Boy, did this hit the spot! SO encouraging to read this, Recovering Church Lady.

    I was reading a horrible news article earlier today and it really bummed me out. You know, one of those wordy diatribes about how our culture is crap, nobody loves anybody anymore, a d the truth is fluid...whatever that means. Then I read the comment section which was even worse than the article.

    YOUR post, however, was a defiantly fresh breath of much-needed air!!!!! Thank you so much...and here are a few exclamation marks in honor of yours just one year ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Ha! Sandi I am so glad it was a breath of fresh air to you! Thanks for telling me that, it really means a lot!

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  8. Wow, Susie! God is so good! I remembered your move and those exciting events, didn't know your health was in jeopardy...so thankful that you can see God carrying you through..and you have a record of the joys and struggles in your journals!

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    1. I am still kind of amazed at what we have done since this day last year. I did not always see God's part in in all while it was happening, but can see His hand when I look back. I think that is true for all of us more than we know.

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