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Hubby's Mom had Strokes

Monday, September 30, 2013

I started a blog, but there was an emergency in my family, so by tonight when I got back to it, the computer deleted it. I hadn't started it on Word like I had been, so It was lost. I have to change what I was blogging about anyway.

My mother-in-law had a stroke! We were planning on taking her to Hawaii a week from today. She had noticed some drooling yesterday, never said anything. Then she woke up and saw that her lip was drooping. She still told no one. (she lives alone, a half hour away from me)This morning I tried to call her. Unusual for me to call her two days in a row, but I happened to think of her, I was going to talk to her about my concerns about the skin cancer surgery my dad was going through this morning. She didn't answer, but an hour later returned my call. When she tried to talk, all that came out were garbled words--I immediately recognized it as her having had a stroke. Adrenaline surged and I told her to unlock her door if she could, and I was going to hang up and call 911. I had to give them permission to break in if necessary. I met her at the hospital after calling my hubby and taking several deep breaths so I could drive safely.

Turns out the preliminary CT scan reveals several strokes. But the only one causing any symptoms is the one effecting speech and swallowing center of the brain. No other physical problems. She is in great spirits. She is impatient with herself for not being able to get her words out, but she has a great sense of humor and is laughing at herself. More tests tomorrow.

Hubby says we bought insurance for the trip, so we'll be able to change plans. He is so sure she'll be able to go soon. I'm more pessimistic and think he and I should just go ahead and go so I can meet Bjørn. He wants to believe she'll be fine in a week to go! I don't think he has a hold of reality. His sister came from out of town to be with her. There is another sister who can come help too. So it wouldn't be a problem if we went, and I even think she wouldn't want us to hold off on our plans. But it's hard for her to express herself and i don't want to put words in her mouth

Today when I prepared to leave the house to go to the ER, I grabbed something to drink and two protein bars that I figured would have to do for lunch, since it was 11:30 when I left the house. I didn't get to eat again until 6. Had a Quizno's sandwich with hubby and my pregnant daughter who also showed up to cheer up gramma. Came home and I was still hungry so I made a bowl of oatmeal, raisins and blueberries. And a cookie for good measure.

Keep Mom in your prayers. If you remember my friend George (95) who died recently, he died from complications from having swallowing problems and aspiration pneumonia that originated with strokes. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

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    Hi Lori. I just finished catching up on your most recent Blogs. Sorry that I have been out of touch while you have had so much going on. I will keep your MIL and the details of your travel plans in my prayers. Hopefully, you will know more soon.

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    1697 days ago
  • LARISSA238
    *hugs* I hope she recovers quickly.... Make sure she keeps up with her physical therapy. My stepdad had a stroke last year on Christmas eve, and he's doing better now. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts!
    1697 days ago
    My mom just had a stroke a month ago. I completely understand your panic. It was so scary since she had it on the phone while talking to her-slurred speech & hard for her to swallow. My relatives took her to the ER. MRI said one small stroke. The weeks to follow after effects were some leg pain (and TIREDNESS!) but that is better now although she gets sleepy often. What seemed to make a difference was that my moms medication is now always carefully taken and that she monitors her BP daily, It is very scary situation to go through -I'm glad you are doing ok,. Yes, remember to eat healthy and take care of yourself too. My thoughts are with you during this very concerned/unsure time. I hope your Mother in Law recovers soon... emoticon
    1698 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/1/2013 9:36:55 PM
    I'm so sorry to read about your MIL. I hope and pray all goes well for you and your family. Take care of you, the best you can!
    1698 days ago
    I'm thinking good thoughts for your MIL, and for you and your husband. We went through a similiar situation with my father in law. These events can have such a big impact.
    Take good care of yourself.

    1698 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I am keeping your MIL and your dad in my prayers. Take care of yourself.

    1698 days ago
    I'll light a candle for her when I go to church.
    1698 days ago
  • POPSY190
    You're probably best to go on without your MIL. Even when she recovers speech she will probably have to have some therapy. After just a TIA my husband wasn't allowed to drive for 6 weeks and I don't think they'd have been happy with him travelling. I hope you all get through this without too much turmoil.
    1699 days ago
    I'm so sorry! You really handled a scary situation. You are a great daughter-in-law!

    I'm hoping you can still make your trip.

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    1699 days ago
    Sounds like your family really pulled together. I am praying for you and hubby and MIL - it seem as if MIL has her head on straight stroke or not, with her good attitude. God bless. emoticon
    1699 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    Sorry to here about your MIL, but glad she is ok..thank God you called her..I am sure that your Hubby will see that now is not the time for her to travel..maybe he can take her some where else when she is good and well..Keeping your family in my Prayers..God Bless! emoticon emoticon
    1699 days ago
    Thank God you were there! I think your husband isn't dealing with reality either. A stroke is a serious thing. Good luck...
    1699 days ago
    Sorry to hear that MIL had a stroke but I'm glad to hear that she is in good spirits and able to smile.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. emoticon to you for being such an awesome daughter in law. Mom is one lucky lady to have you on her side.
    1699 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Sending prayers. I hope that you can still go on your trip next week. Perhaps the sisters can help. But if hubby is going to worry a lot while gone, you may want to postpone the trip since it won't be enjoyable. emoticon
    1699 days ago
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