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My blogs, one by one, are being transitioned to my own domain. I want to get all the others moved over first, work out some glitches, then announce the address here to unveil the new central location when I'm ready to move Stroke Of Grace too. Just getting the first blog transferred has been challenging, a week and a half and we still aren't there yet. So I don't know how "soon" all these changes will take place (I was hoping to have everything done and working well before the end of the month, but that does not look like it is going to happen!), just giving you fair warning that this is the plan and, Lord willing, there could be an announcement here any day now. Your prayers for the transition process are appreciated.
Because of this transition, I do not want to post anything new on the blog we are in the process of working on moving, so though not stroke-related, today I would like to share a little book review and give away. A comment in the comments section (with a working email address so I may contact you for your mailing address if you win) will count as your entry! (Giveaways are only valid in US & Canada.) Facebook, Twitter and other social media shares with #marriagetogether are appreciated too (but won't increase your odds of winning). The winner will be selected around noon (Pacific) this Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 and have 24 hours to reply to my email before I need to select a replacement winner.
offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.
176 pages / Forward by Dr. Gary Chapman (author of 5 Love Languages)
Back to Strokie Stuff:
After a solid week of Central Pain Syndrome (CPS) flared up so badly I could accomplish next to nothing, pretty much only sit in my chair and grit my teeth, I am so very happy to say that it has now been 48 hours for me without much in the way of extraordinary body pain. I had "normal" flu-like aches with a fever yesterday morning and actually giggled and thought, "Oh, that's what "bad pain" is supposed to feel like!" While flu-like pain is accompanied by a limb heaviness and fatigue that I had always believed to be a part of a pain package (it is not, that is the virus or infection itself, I would guess, as much more intense pain can be experienced with the body-zapping fatigue!), the pain itself ranks only about a 6 on my pain scale, truly laughable after the week I had just endured.
As you my recall, I shared last week that our family doctor died of a sudden heart attack last week. :( A huge praise is that God has already opened doors for a new family doctor for us all. We get a group, family appointment to get established Feb. 20! It does nothing about the heartbreak of loosing a friend and amazing, long-time care provider, but what a blessing to have the "now what?" question answered about personal medical care!
Because my blogs are in transition right now, I will share here an update I would normally have posted over at InfertilityMom, something I wrote for a select few prayer warriors last night:
I'm so in awe! While R. is still very sick (3rd full day throwing up, on top of horrid bed-bound cold since Monday) her wrist that was broken nearly 10 months ago and has continued in anguishing pain despite several x-rays, scans, an MRI, therapy and 5 doctors, really upped the pain game this evening. I felt totally helpless, had given her all the medication I could, and the pain just kept building. She was so frustrated she banged her arm into the wall (apparently pretty hard!), felt something "slip" inside and has full use of her hand back and almost no pain now. Praise God! She hasn't used it for most of a year, so the hand is weak and she will have to retrain herself to remember to use it, but just wow! Praise God! She is just glowing with joy and relief, even in the midst of illness.I will never hear the phrase "hit the wall,"as a term of exasperation, quite the same way again! LOL Her hand continues to feel wonderful this morning, she is using it in ways she has not been able to in nearly a year, and she did not wake up asking for pain medication for the first morning since she fell and apparently dislodged something just enough to cause so much pain (but not enough to show on any scan). She must have a really high pain threshold too, because the things she was able to push herself to accomplish this past year, even while trying to guard that hand as much as possible, have been pretty amazing! She is the bravest young lady I know.
As far as her "bug" we changed antibiotics from liquid suspension type to pill. It seems she was reacting to the coloring and/or flavoring in the suspension liquid itself. She was NOT handling her antibiotic well. Dizzy, lightheaded, so nauseous she feels like the slightest movement (sitting up in bed) would (and often did) make her throw up again. Today she has more energy, hasn't thrown up since midnight, and is more talkative than she has been all week. I'm encouraged. [ETA: Before I got this posted, she did throw up in the shower but after asking questions,I learned she has had a migraine since Monday, along with everything else! (Poor kid!) When she talked headache, I thought she was referring to pain from her sinus infection. She IS feeling improvement with the rest, but light and sound sensitivity are still triggering vomiting.] After a long, hard week, it seems she has finally taken a turn towards improvement! My boys (and hubby) are all on antibiotics too, one having missed school two days this week, one having missed 4. I think I'm going to tackle changing sheets on at least two beds today - can't imagine even thinking of trying that a year ago! I have a little cough and congestion, was feverish yesterday, but so far seem the least hard-hit of anyone in the family, with the uptake in CPS being my very most disabling symptom.
I was recently asked if there is anything in my world that was NOT impacted by strokes. After some thinking, here's what I came up with.
I've been trying to think of anything. Every one of my 5 senses was significantly impacted, though have re-gained almost all sight, some hearing, most of my taste buds, some feeling in my body, etc. My marriage nearly crumbled after 19 years, but God is holding us together and we are slowly healing. I still can't drive (it's been just over 3 years) so my mom and I have become very close as she has become my designated driver, getting me to the gym 2x a week and all my doctor's appointments. My kids, whom I had homeschooled before strokes, lived away from home for 8 months and are now home but in traditional classrooms. My faith in God took a beating but ultimately proved itself sure. I've always been strong-willed, but determination came on very fiercely in therapy. So no, I can't think of one single thing in my life not changed by stroke, some for the worse, most ultimately for the better.
Oh, I did think of one area, for me, that had surprisingly little impact, as I expected there would be so much more! My face. Yes, I had initial droop and still a little weakness, but rather than my face "looking stroked", if anything it looked like I had taken botox injections ONLY on the stroked side, as that eye was WIDE open and no wrinkles for a couple of years! Even that is getting less and less preceivable now. I had seen pictures that had me expecting pretty severe and long-lasting (permanent?) facial droop, but never really experienced this too much! I now have one pretty strong wrinkle line about an inch above my left eyebrow that was not there at all before, I think because that's where the "botox injection" paralysis stops and normal facial tone begins to break in again.