First the basics...
Month: June 2015
So my ending balance is $148.88 + $25.00 for June = $173.88
Now for pictures... wait. No pictures. If you'd like to see my progress on The Nativity feel free to scroll back one post, and if you'd like to know why I haven't stitched at all since then, read on...
On Saturday, the 6th, my husband came home from helping our son do some drywalling at his new house and complained of a horrible headache. By Sunday night the pain was so intense that he was raining sweat and finally he began to throw up. Of course I was worried, and asked if I could take him to the doctor, but after his "episode", the pain subsided a bit and he slept. The next morning, however, the pain was still there, and, since he had a work meeting the next day that he really needed to attend, he agreed to go to Urgent Care. The Urgent Care doctor was not as convinced as my husband that it was "just a sinus headache" and ordered a CT Scan. Ten minutes later an ambulance was on the way, "hot", to transfer him to the hospital Emergency Room and a Neuro Surgeon was ready to evaluate his condition. There was an abnormality in the center of his brain.
The day passed in a blur - but the grace of God was so evident. Further CT and MRI scans showed that there was no aneurysm or blood on the brain, but a 17mm cyst was blocking the flow of spinal fluid between the ventricles of the brain. According to our neuro surgeon - who was absolutely AMAZING - it had probably grown since he was a baby and had finally reached the point of completely obstructing the flow of spinal fluid, thereby causing problems that could no longer be excused or ignored. The pressure from the built up spinal fluid was intense but the blessing was that it had been found. Often the first indication is sudden death.
A day passed while they got him stable and he underwent another MRI or two, and the 5 1/2 hour surgery was scheduled for Wednesday morning, the 10th. It was a long day, as you can imagine, made a little worse for me because I had my own intense headache to deal with that day. But he came through surgery with flying colors. Praise the Lord! The next day, however, brought its own challenges...
After the headache passed that I had throughout the day, and after 3 days of sleeping in a chair or recliner in my husband's ICU room, I decided to go to the waiting room to stretch out for a couple of hours Wednesday night. When I woke up 4 hours later, I had no strength at all in my legs and my heart was racing. I crawled to the phone and called the nurses' station, and I was quickly taken downstairs in a wheelchair to the Emergency Room for a nine hour stay while they checked my heart and attempted to get my heart rate down... which wasn't happening, because I NEEDED to be upstairs with my husband!!!!!! By evening, after numerous heart tests that came back normal and a few bags of fluid, I checked myself out of the ER and, after a stop to see my very worried, one-day-out-of-brain-surgery husband and a stop to eat, I went home with my daughter to rest. Early the next morning, it occurred to me that I was experiencing heightened symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue - something I have struggled with for a number of years on a smaller scale. My dear daughter drove me to the chiropractor - a 10 hour round trip - and he began to put me back together. It's been a long week and a half. I'm eating tons of meat, milk, cheese, and oil to help my adrenals make what is necessary for me to handle the stress, and I think I am finally building a little bit of a reserve., but talking about the experience can wipe me out for hours. I'm feeling very fragile! My husband, on the other hand is doing amazing-ly well, considering he had brain surgery a week and a half ago. He is up and walking - has no apparent complications - no loss of speech, motor function, memory or senses... just a heightened awareness of what a miracle each day is and what is truly important in life. He is doing so well, in fact, that I almost feel bad making a "big deal" out of what happened... until I remember the nurse telling my daughter in the hospital that often patients with this surgery don't get to go home. We are so blessed.
I'm getting the urge to start stitching again. I'm looking for fabric for a project I'd like to finish before my son's wedding in August, I'm eager to work more on The Nativity, and I was eyeing the new Lizzie Kate mystery stitch since I stayed pretty close to my personal $25 budget for January - June.. I doubt I'll do it though. I can justify spending for a piece of fabric, especially because I have a small gift certificate to 123 Stitch that will cover most of it, but I think that any extra spending on stitching will be out for the next few years. I'm not sure how much brain surgery costs, but I don't think it was cheap... : ) Praise the Lord that I have enough cross stitch to keep me busy for years and years.
If you've read to the end of this, thank you. I appreciate you!! Hopefully I'll be back with some stitching to show soon!