Sunday, April 25, 2010

A month?

Has it really been a month since I posted here? guess so. It's been an eventful month...

On April 9, while we were out for Mexican, my husband suffered a minor stroke. He would not let me take him to the emergency room as he really didn't have stroke symptoms; his symptoms mimicked a spine problem. Given his disintegrating discs, I let him overrule me. When we called the doctor on Saturday morning, he told us to get to emergency where an MRI confirmed that he had had a stroke. Thank G-d we are so lucky: he has only lost the co-ordination in his right hand and leg. His face is fine, his mind is fine. We are so lucky that our local hospital, Suburban, is a National Stroke Center, in conjunction with NIH. After a weekend in the hospital, he was moved to a rehab center. What angels the people who work there are! He made incredible progress and was discharged last Friday afternoon. The Home Health Care nurse came yesterday, and we have appts scheduled with a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. This is in tandem with the deterioration of his toes that has been going on for a while-but I'm not going to talk about that, some readers are too sensitive.

I'm tired. Not only is there the mental stress, but the physical stress related to doing everything. But, I'm fortunate to have lots of friends who are constantly calling and checking in. One of them brought dinner last night-such a mensche kind of thing. Today we did a big shopping and will set up multiple meals to cook-yes, I know it is hard for many of you to believe I can cook-but Lou will be giving directions, so we will not starve.

Violet made a big hit out at the rehab place. Once I got her shots updated and verification of that (good bye dishwasher, once again), I could take her out to the center. Good thing, I was tired of cleaning up "reminders" that she didn't want to be alone. She let lots of people pet her, and didn't bark unless someone came into the room too fast for her. Fortunately we are done with that.

so, this afternoon I will be cooking, laundry, and hopefully catching up on my quilting bee blocks. Hopefully the sunny day outside will inspire me.


  1. Well, sounds like you had your hands full last month.

    I'm hoping for a speedy recovery for your husband. That must've been scary for both of you to find out he had a stroke.

  2. But don't forget, Mom, that I'll be home in a couple of weeks and then you and Papa can direct Jack and me with all the heavy lifting. :)

  3. Glad to hear everything is still on the improve San-Dee, best wishes for a speedy full recovery..

  4. That sounds like it was quite a trauma to go through. Stroke no matter how mild is life altering. I am glad you got your husband to the hospital. SO many men refuse treatment since they are so stubborn.

    I hope he continues to improve and you get some rest too.

    You sincerely have my best wishes and thoughts.