I've come across a few pictures and updates from earlier in my recovery.
|It all started with a chiropractic injury that resulted in two massive strokes, unconsciousness an and ambulance ride.|
On the 25th of October, Rick posted from the ER, "After over 6 hours on no response, Jenni tried to open her eyes, even a little, squeezed my hand, and was able to shake her head yes and no to a few basic questions. The Nurse, said she was looking better."
Here's my account of what happened during those same six hours, the most important part of this story!
A friend re-posted the day-by-day short updates that my husband was initially posting to Facebook. It is my best history of those first few days, that I have little memory of my own. (Thanks for documenting for me, Lisa!)
Sometime after I was moved down to the main hospital neurological wing (I don't know the date - probably late October or very early November), my shredded artery clotted and I had a third stroke. I was briefly (a few hours) "locked in," meaning I could only follow movement with my one non-paralyzed eye, but could move no other part of my body and could not speak, but I could hear and was fully away of everything going on around me. I was vomiting faster than the nurses could change my bedding or gowns and they had to keep rolling me on my side to keep me from drowning. (I was so incredibly dizzy, contributing to the vomiting, that I could only tolerate laying on my back, face up toward the ceiling. Turning my head even slightly sideways just contributed to the feeling of extraordinarily severe "car sickness.")
|On Dec. 5, 2011, Rick posted from the rehab hospital, |
|What my hair used to look like, pre-stroke. We had to cut it to shoulders (pictured above) as soon as I was transferred out of ICU to the regular neuro floor (about a week after the first strokes) because it was so mattered and tangled from all my days in bed and from the EEG gel.|
|Hospital hair cut, in December. More stylish and so much easier to shower, brush and care for.|
|Hospital snuggles with my little Snuggle Bear. :) "Mommy needs a snuggle."|
On Dec. 21, she updated, "It arrived yesterday! She is so happy to be up and mobile on her own. We are with her, or some adult is, but she is doing the walking."
On Christmas day, I couldn't manage to keep down dinner. It was at least the third time that I thew up all over Rick. (That I know of. Once in the ER, I've been told, once during my 3rd stroke in the main hospital, once on Christmas Day. I threw up a lot of other times too, just not on Rick.) I'm so glad we don't have pictures of that! :P
I know there are other updates and/or picture that I may be editing into this post as I find them, but that's all I can find or figure out how to upload for now.
Here's my fun post of the day (from Facebook). Many of these, I did not know!
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. - Isaiah 42:16