6.21.2015

Stitch from Stash and Brain Surgery

First the basics...

Month: June 2015
Spent: $0
Earned: $0

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!

Blessings,

Tricia

25 comments:

Heather said...

Oh wow that's scary! But amazing that he's doing so well! I've struggled with headaches for years (right now too lol) so i can sympathize. I'm glad everything worked out for you guys and I'm pretty sure you won't be buying for a while lol. You should really kick but at sfs in the next go around!

Catherine said...

So glad you all are okay!

Rhona said...

I'm so glad everything worked out well for both of you...scary times indeed. Wishing you both a full and speedy recovery.

Linda said...

Oh WOW!! I'm so happy everything is turning out okay for both of you Tricia.

Linda

Katie said...

Oh my gosh. So scary. My son had a recent scare too. These medical scares can really knock us for a loop. I'm so sorry you've been through this. Don't feel bad for making a big deal out of this because it very clearly was a big deal. I really hope things settle very quickly for you. Tell your hubby and yourself no more health issues this year. I tried it with my son too to see if it will work haha.

gominam said...

Glad to hear the worst is over- And he's doing so well, but also take care of yourself. Sometimes we tend to worry so much for others that we forget our own pain. So nice that your daughter made sure you got proper care too. Your truly are blessed;)

Cath said...

So glad that everything turned out well. Hoping for further good news and a good recovery for you both xxx

Cath said...

So glad that everything turned out well. Hoping for further good news and a good recovery for you both xxx

Julie said...

Get well wishes for your husband and also for you too. I hope the rest of the year passes quietly for you.

Vickie said...

Oh Tricia! I am so sorry! Wow. What a close call. Shakes you up bad, doesn't it?! I am so glad you and he and healing well. Praise the Lord!

Mii Stitch said...

Wow!! How scary!! I can't totally understand how worried you must have been. Glad everything is ok now.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sending big hugs your way and lots of positive thoughts for your husband and you!

Vicki said...

Praying for your husband's continued recovery, praying for your stress management, praising for his successful surgery! You've been through a lot, take time to take care of yourself.

Terri said...

How scary for both of you! But glad things are turning out well for you!

Hugs and prayers!

Kate said...

Oh my goodness, you've been through a lot! Praise God that you and your husband are still here with us and on the mend. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers and good thoughts. Get lots of rest and enjoy time with your family.

Justine said...

How frightening and worrying a time you've all had. Hope you are both resting and looking after each other. Hugs and prayers xx

Brigitte said...

Oh Tricia, what a scary time this must have been for you all. I'm so glad to read that everything went well with your DH's surgery and that he is healing. Sending you lots and lots of positive thoughts.

Carol said...

Oh, Tricia, how very scary to both of you! There have been a lot of angels helping out the blogging community and their families lately, haven't there? I am just so very happy that he is well and the outcome was so positive. Like my husband's fall--the outcome could have been so very different. We were blessed--truly!!

I'm very interested to read about the Adrenal Fatigue syndrome, too, Tricia as I experienced very similar symptoms--heaviness in my legs, racing heart, no energy when my husband was at his worst. I thought I must be having a heart attack or something, but after reading about your symptoms, I'll bet I was experiencing the same thing. The symptoms have gone, but I was so worried at the time...

I know well your feeling of fragility... wish I had the answers to help you through it. I'm still feeling that way and it has been five weeks for us!

Take good care of yourself now--look forward with joy to your son's wedding and hug your husband close :)

Ruth said...

Sheesh -- you have been through enough! Here's to peaceful recoveries and general relaxing time for all of your family. Thank Heaven for a really amazing string of miracles.

Chris said...

Omgosh, how awful for your husband and you, what a scary thing to go through, Yes God is good and a thankfully a surgeon there who could operate. Hope you're fully well yourself and your husband is recovering.
I looked back at your stitching and they are lovely.. Stitching is a therapy when we are stressed, so hope you can get back into it.
Blessings Chris

Faith... said...

Praise God that He brought you both thru an extremely difficult week. Praying that both of you make a full recovery. Thank goodness he went to the doctor and got a check up!

Annette-California said...

I am so happy to hear that your husband has recovered remarkably well from the surgery. Thank goodness! What an ordeal you've both been through. Prayers, hugs and well wishes to the both of you.
love Annette

Angela CG said...

I am so glad that you both are feeling better. Keep your head up, your hands busy and your heart turned to God (I can't remember where I heard/read the phrase) and I know that you will do alright.

Sally said...

Oh Tricia what a terrible time for both of you. I am so gald, though, that you are both doing OK now and that your DH is recovering well. Keeping you both in my thoughts.

DJ said...

Oh my goodness, how scarey!! I'm so glad both of you are okay!! You will be in my prayers as you both recover, and I too am thankful for God's protective grace and mercy!! *Hugs*