The last 10-12 days has been a bit of a roller coaster for my family. I came down with a bit of ick that put me out of work for almost 5 days per doctor's orders. It was the afternoon of the doctor's visit that we received a call that my mom had suffered a stroke.
The adrenaline rush that this news created held only one decision for me...leave that night or the next morning for Louisiana. I could think of nothing else besides just getting to her and to where I could be more involved in what was happening and lift some of that burden from my sister's shoulders.
Luckily my sister and Tom both were able to calm me down enough to start thinking a bit more clearly. By the next morning I knew that with my illness I just needed to get as much rest as possible until we knew something more. That way I could be prepared for the long trip and over the contagious portion of my "ick".
After many tests, scans (which showed she had suffered a small stroke a couple of month ago), evaluations and nights in the hospital Mom was released and is at home now. She has a couple of new prescriptions, is on orders not to drive and is not real happy to have lost some of her independence. With all said and done we think she was extremely lucky and we feel very blessed.
Although this time kicked up a few of the fears I had been working on and caused a bit of a backslide it also showed me that the backslide was stoppable and that I could find my way past it. I am very fortunate to have friends that love me for who I am, backsliding or not. After all we all have our own opportunity to not be at our best.
I'm trusting that those that love me really love me and nothing will change that.
Thank you so much for being here for me....I am very grateful for you all!