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Friday, April 30, 2010

Thankful for Multiple Providences


My current illness has given me many, many things to be thankful for:
When I had a small stroke early on Friday April 2, I was able to reacheach person I called – something that rarely ever happens, no matter what time of day. I reached my brother two states away, the head nurse at my primary care physician’s office, and most importantly, my youngest sister, who lives 50 miles away. Having the day off, my sister came and took me to the hospital Emergency Room, and stayed until I was installed in the Intensive Care Unit, as a new stroke patient.
There, the doctor, all the nurses and other staff were very caring and helpful, as they worked to bring my synthoms under control.

In a few days I was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital. The doctors, nurses,aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists and others, made me feel in good hands. I concentrated on cooperating with everything - a dozen medicines, 3 hours a day of therapy, lots of needles, hospital food, etc., etc.


I was very thankful that the stroke was a small one, affecting my left leg. Soon I regained strength on my left side and my overall balance. I was happy to see my middle sister, who took off a few days to take care of me my first few days at home. She flew in from Maryland the night before I was discharged. So both younger sisters came and got me at the hospital, stopping for groceries on the way to my home.

So while this is still a difficult time, I am thankful for many blesssings which God provides such as friends from church who've helped out with errands, laundry and other needed tasks.
Many thanks ot Martha at Martha's Favorites for including me on your prayer list. Thanks also to Terri at Artful Affirmations. and Katherine at Yellow Rose Arbor for your kind support.

16 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Carrie,
I knew you had not been well but I had no idea why. {I had a terrible flu that same week} I had seen your name on Martha's prayer list and I did pray for you. Bless your heart, I am glad you are starting to make some progress! A stroke is a very scary thing! I will continue to pray for you, and if it's alright with you, I will post your button on my sidebar for prayer. Wishing you love and a speedy recovery!

Blessings,
Sandi

skoots1mom said...

sorry you went thru such a scary thing...continue resting and getting better. Will keep praying for more and more healing :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

So good to hear from you, and get an update and details. Yes, you do have a lot to be thankful for! I just learned this week my sister has a very agressive lung cancer.

Katherine

Dena said...

Oh my goodness, I had no idea you had been through so much. Rest my friend and take care of yourself. I will be praying for you.

Hugs,
Dena

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Carrie: So glad you are doing better. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. My father in law just had two heart attackes. I know how hard hospital things can be. I am just thankful that you are on the mend. God is so good to us. Blessings and hugs, Martha

Manuela@TPOH said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through all that but I'm glad that you're on the mend!

Have a good weekend!

Manuela

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Hi Carrie, how are you doing now? I apologize for not being in touch lately, it's been a very busy month!

I hope things are going well for you, with much improvement.

May God bless you,

Katherine

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carrie, So sorry to hear about your stroke. Thank goodness you are doing better and that you continue to mend. Thank you so much for your visit and the sweet note you left about my Italian pottery. Take care of yourself!
xo, Sherry

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Lizzie said...

New to your blog, stopped by from New England Blogger. I am so sorry you had a stroke and am glad to hear you are doing ok. Your family sure sounds like they have been there for you. Such a blessing.

Anita said...

My goodness, I'm glad you are feeling better! THat must have been frightening! I'll be praying for you also:-) Thanks for stopping by! I loved seeing your "celebration" tablescape with that china. It was gorgeous!!

tea time and roses said...

Hello Dear Carrie,

I was not aware you had been so ill and happy you are feeling better. Continue to take good care of yourself. Will keep you in my prayers dear friend. Enjoy a lovely rest of the week.

Smiles...

Beverly

tea time and roses said...

Hello Dear Carrie,

I was not aware you had been so ill and happy to hear you are feeling better. Take good care of yourself. I will keep you in my prayers. Enjoy a lovely rest of the week.

Smiles....

Beverly

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Hi Carrie. Thanks for reminding me of the name of that vine. I'm sorry to hear about your stroke. What a wonderful family you have. I'm glad to hear that you're doing better. And I hope you continue to get stronger.

juls4real said...

Sending well wishes. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Juls

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Carrie, I had no idea this had happened! I'm so glad you are better, but so sorry that I didn't know when it happened. How wonderful that your siblings were able to be there for you and with you. laurie