Today is a red letter day for me, I am grinning from ear to ear but I also have tears in my eyes as I think about my victory today and the journey I have traveled the past 4 years. To some of my Sparkfriends this is old news but to most of you it will be all new. It all began 4a little over 4 years ago when I thought I had came down with a cold, I fought it for about a week with it getting worse but then it would go away and then hit harder.
It must be pleurisy I kept telling myself but finally after a week I told my hubby at 1AM on Memorial Day to take me to emergency. I was taken right in and the Doctor agreed with me. He ran an EKG, that took a chest exray, and blood work and then he came back. "You are going into surgery he said right now" I had had a massive heart attack and was very lucky to be alive. Now I knew it wasn't luck, God had been watching out for me! It was a cardiologist that was checking me out. He just happened to be there and the ER was empty. That was a miracle all by itself!!!
After surgery he told me I would never be the same again. Too much damage to my heart by not coming in right away. He couldn't believe how I was still alive. After a 2 week stay I came home and couldn't walk more than a few feet without resting. I put on weight that I had worked so hard taking off with WW, almost 50 pounds.
And I stopped driving because my eyes kept hemorraging.
Then I found Spark!
and I started following the plan and losing some weight. I joined some teams and one in particular, Chair Exercise Team. I liked their challenges filled with exercises and the leader Emmabe1 kept giving encouragement. She had a virtual challenge in the Rockies. I signed up for it and started the first day. I walked my deck getting my steps in and did it without my
sitting after every 100 steps to rest a few minutes. Day 2 we added more steps and then day 3, I came down with what I thought was the flu. That was a Tuesday I think. By Thursday I collapsed on the floor to weak to get up and my hubby called 911. That was Sept 8th 2011. I was very sick and by that night I was on life support. I had an infection raging and it shut down my whole system. I heard that my family was all there and that my daughter and her hubby didn't leave my side for 9 days until I came out of it. I finally got better and got to come home after insisting I could do it and would be able to get up the stairs by myself. After all, it is only 14 stairs. I did 7, collapsed just inside the door and there was no way, no how I could lift my butt back up!
I tried, my hubby tried , we called my son and they tried but I was so afraid that they would hurt themselves trying to lift this tank......We finally called the Fire Dept. They came and got me to the bed. Well, each day I would use the walker and go into the living room. Then I would add a second trip to the bathroom trying to get some strength back. Every time I passed those stairs I panicked! Finally in Dec. I was strong enough to start working on the stairs. First day 1 stair, next day another until I went down and back up the seven in the house.
was here and so my first outing was to my DD s home. She fixed us a bedroom where we could enjoy the festives and I could rest. We spent the night and enjoyed the family. On Dec. 28 2011 I was in so much pain in my feet. We found a red circle about the size of a half dollar beside my ankle. So off to ER yet again. They said I had an infection and wanted me to stay for 24 hrs on antibiotics. 5 days later they found a needle that was in my foot causing the infection. I had surgery to remove it and on the 6th was transported to a Nursing Home. While there I picked up C- Diff,
What else could go wrong? Finally on January 28th of 2012 I got to come home . I still had a full blown case of C-Diff. I was not allowed to walk on my foot or even stand. No baths and I couldn't get down the stairs for a shower. Again I was trapped to this house unable to go and so weak. I had to use a wheelchair transport to go for Dr. appointments and May is fast approaching. And in May, I finally got the C- Diff out of my body and my dear sweet hubby earned his angel wings for putting up with me through all of this. I know how hard it was on him. He was now my care taker because I couldn't do anything by myself without his help! Bless him.
This brings me back to Chair Exercise Team. I can not thank them enough. I have been doing exercises the best I can. At first only 2 or 3 minutes at a time, then 5 and now sometimes ten minutes and then a break but I am doing 90 minutes a day.
yourself. I have seen my weight drop and then go back up because of water, meds,etc and then I lose, Then I gain. It has been a real battle but you must choose to KEEP GOING! No matter what! Life is really worth it. You see, today is a Red Letter Day for me. A true
I have not been on my walker today. I went out shopping on my own and drove my car for the first time in over a year.
all of us. YES, it's hard, YES, their are many days you feel defeated, But we never give up!!! If something is not working after truly trying, then try something else. Life is full of little gifts at every corner. Reach out and take them, and while you are taking, don't forget to give out of your heart too.
Now I want to give my Over 60 with + Pounds to Lose great big
for all their love, care and support. I did the hard work and will continue, but they gave the support and motivation. By the way, I way 70 pounds less than I did when I joined Spark and started this journey
Love to all and thank you for reading my heart felt Blog! And remember