"Dealing with and mourning the death of our wonderful family doctor over the weekend. She cared for 5 Saakes and 2 Camps wonderfully. We will miss her. It is almost like losing a family member. She was also our friend. We went by the office yesterday and cried with some of the staff."It has been a really rough week. (I did finally shed about 3 small tears after I went to bed last night, but it is beyond frustating to be the only dry eye in a group of mourners, like I was yesterday. I so need the physical release of some tears here!) I easily get panicked when I think of where this leaves us medically, but dozens of times a day, God reminds me to trust His plan with that.
Today is I high pain day. I just HURT. Don't know if it is heavy-hearted grief that has the physical pain revved up or what. That would be my guess. Canceled Bible study this morning and slept until almost 10. Long afternoon and evening ahead, so resting while I can.
Congratulations to our oldest and the Reno Coral Academy of Sciences, Metal Falcons team for winning their FTC robotics competition last night. Now on to Las Vegas next month!
|Joshua is to our far right, back row.|
A compilation of stroke statistics posted today on one of the stroke groups I participate in:
Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year—that's 1 out of every 19 deaths. On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes. 34% of those 795,000 US strokes occur to people under the age of 65. Only about 2-3 % are pediatric strokes so that leaves about 32% 18-65.
|One of my all-time favorite phrases!|
I am involved in very many different online stroke support and/or informational groups. One of my personal favorites, an imaginary "coffee house" where strokies gather to chat about anything and everything stoke-related, is led by a stroke-survivor-become-friend named Amanda Breckenride. Amanda has an amazing story of God's grace after her aneurysm rupture and strokes at age 35, requiring life flight in 2001. A nurse, with a beautiful voice, who wrote her own songs, Amanda was left unable to walk, talk clearly or sing. She has created an entire line of YouTube videos from one stroke survivor to encourage others along the journey of reclaiming what was lost. Here is one such video. I tried this one (intentionally recorded sideways to help us better focus on the specific oral training) this morning and could hit about 3/4 of the notes with accuracy, but had next to no breath support nor melodic fluidity between notes. To think where Amanda has come from and hear how far she has come now, I am hopeful for continued improvement in this area as well.