hey guys! tonight i am:
- hanging out with the mister
- spending too much money at target
- cuddling with the dogs
- drinking a vanilla bean peach protein shake for dessert
- not blogging
taking over for me is my mom. as you know, she recently suffered from a mini stroke (a TIA) and has been getting many tests and scans and whatnot. several of you have asked how she is (thank you SO much for your continued emails and comments and concerns!) so i thought the best way to answer and address the situation would be to turn the time over to momma b. here she is!
I am always honored to be able to take up some space here on the meals & moves blog! I’ve been asked to give an update as to how I am doing…. may I thank you all again for your incredible care, concern, prayers and love – WOW I’m still overwhelmed with the good energy that comes from all of you!
Janetha let you all know what was up with her post “this is what happened”. I have discovered that I inherited the “rambling” gene from my mom and I passed it on to Janetha – so grab a snack and get comfortable…..
I had quite a few tests, cat scan, MRI, sleep deprived EEG, bubble test, and then a scope sent down my throat to see how big the hole in my heart really is (PFO) and wearing a heart monitor 24/7. Without my 3 daughters I couldn’t have managed all of these tests, they were awesome in their care for me.
On April 5 Papa Randall (aka Janetha’s dad, Randy (no, not the basset hound.. yes they have the same name)) and I went back to see the stroke doctor and get all the results from the above mentioned tests. I was told that there were no lesions on my brain (great news), the hole in my heart is very small (also great news) and that it is their recommendation that I stay on Plavix, stop taking Imitrex and continue life as normal. No surgery to close the PFO. After a couple of hours discussing everything we left feeling pretty good about this treatment.
After sending the news out to my kids and friends it was pretty unanimous that I should still see a heart specialist – so now I will see him on May 4. If his findings are the same then I will continue life as normal – and you may be getting another report :)
I have had a month to reflect on what happened and to ponder just what “life as normal” really is. I have always been so eager and willing to serve others, I love to help and still do. My profession as a real estate agent is totally about service, I love to help my kids, I care take my mother in law, I love it when someone calls me to find a good plumber, electrician or stroke doctor ;)
What I have noticed since this episode is that I have an even greater appreciation for my life and those around me and I am also realizing more and more that it is important to take care of myself — I don’t mean in a selfish way but in a way that I can fill my own bucket and thereby continue to help others. There is a great book I read years ago and need to reread– it talks about “filling your own bucket” get it and we can read it together: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
So it seems I have been trying different things that will help focus on making me an even healthier person - Janetha has introduced me to Bikram Yoga and I LOVE it. 90 minutes in a hot 105 degree room doing difficult moves, stretching, totally silent, pushing myself and letting out the stress feels SO good! I find I have to make an appointment with “myself” so that I don’t schedule other things during that time slot. I also went and got a pedicure last week – very spontaneous and it was wonderful! I continue to enjoy spending time in the LDS Temple near my home. All of these things require a certain degree of “being quiet” and I find it is a good time to reflect, count my blessings and to be so grateful for a healthy life. I also give thanks for all of you – your care, concern and love for our whole family is just unbelievable – yes I should adopt every single one of you!!
Sending love and thanks again!
THANKS MOM. love you. you are so right.. we all need a little quiet time to appreciate our own lives.
and with that, i will be back tomorrow.
Q from janetha~
how often do you make time for yourself? what is your favorite thing to do during your “me” time?