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I’ve got blue socks! Yeah!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I know most don’t know what that means so I’ll tell you. In the inpatient facility I’m in right now, yellow socks means there is an alarm around your bed and you can’t get up without a staff person with you. That could be nurses, aids, physical/occupational/speech/r
ecreational therapists or other. I had those till yesterday afternoon. Believe me, you haven’t lived until someone follows you to the bathroom! Blue socks mean you can’t go in the hall by yourself or take a shower by yourself, but you can do things in your room alone otherwise. Such awesome freedom!

If you don’t know, I had a stoke/brain bleed on October 31 about 8:30 in the morning. I remember going for a walk early and then taking the grandkids to school and driving back home. I felt good. I was eating some cottage cheese while my oldest daughter was almost done getting ready for me to take here over 2 hours away to pick up 14-year old granddaughter and bring her home after she had tried to commit suicide the week before. All of a sudden I felt so dizzy and held on to the refrigerator because I was convinced it was going to turn sideways if I didn’t hold it up. There was an air mattress behind me and I got them to help me lower to it.. I kept thinking in a few minutes I would be fine. After about10 min I still couldn’t open my eyes and had a headache spreading up the back of the right side of my head. I let them call the paramedics then and still couldn’t open my eyes because I was so dizzy. But I remember one saying something about blood pressure being 260 over something, which is way way high. I told my daughter to tell them on the phone I was having a stoke before they got here. I don’t remember much after that, and apparently by that evening I was on a vent, intubated, and the doctor and my oldest son agreed on a doctor who would treat me right in Phoenix AZ. I was there from Halloween night until Nov. 21st when I came to Dallas for inhospital therepyk,
Maybe more tomorrow. I’m tired now but will make a full recovery with time. Love all of you!
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    I am very sorry to hear what happened to you and hope you get back to fighting strength very soon. My thoughts and wishes are with you!
    1962 days ago
    Oh Linda - I am just now finding about about your stroke! I had just returned from vacation when it happened and have just returned from a Thanksgiving trip to Texas. I am SO SORRY but SO HAPPY that you got help so quickly - I'm sure it made all the difference!

    You do whatever you need to for YOUR health - let your children worry about themselves! Hugs, Marilyn
    1962 days ago

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    What a shock! So glad you are getting better and able to post progress. As a NM gal you get around! Hospital in AZ and now rehab in TX. Big wide open spaces! My prayers for you and your family.
    1964 days ago
    So glad to see you posting and to know that you are on the road to recovery!!

    I am keeping you in my thoughts!
    1964 days ago
    So Glad to see you posting again!! XOXO
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    Your blog sounds like you are doing awesome! Keep up the good work.
    1964 days ago
    I'm so happy to see you blogging again. I've missed you and have kept up on your situation through the posts of friends. Follow doctor's orders, rest, rehab and come back stronger.
    1964 days ago
    I am praying for your full and speedy recovery Linda Kay. Thank you for sharing your story.
    1964 days ago
    OMG, Linda - I wondered what happened to you! So glad you are recovering. Oddly enough, we use yellow slipper sox for our high fall risk patients, too. And a yellow wrist band, small yellow blankie, and a "falling star" magnet for the outside of the door. Every kit comes with all of these items, and when we are triaging them into the Emergency Department, if they are deemed a high fall risk (like every drunk that comes in, plus people that are legitimately ill), they get a kit. A high percentage get better and go home. I've been collecting the star magnets & taking them home - have over 30 stuck on my garage & front doors! emoticon
    1964 days ago
    emoticon hope you are feeling better hugs jacque
    1964 days ago
    I'm so glad you are well enough to post, I've been praying for ou Linda.
    1964 days ago
    emoticon Glad that you are better and I too did not know. Will pray for you too.
    1964 days ago
    Omigosh--get better soon! So glad they got you to medical help fast!
    1964 days ago
    That happened to my mother in law on Thanksgiving day. My brother in law went to check on her when she was late for dinner and found her on the floor. It was obvious that she had medicated herself with baby aspirin since they were on the floor right beside her, and the closed bottle was lying beside her. She went down on the way to the phone to call for help. We just celebrated her 85 birthday on the 24th. She woke up yesterday, knows everybody and was asking about her dog which is with us. Such an answer to prayer for sure. We did not expect her to survive this. Keep going strong and moving forward.
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    emoticon to hear you've been ill. I'm glad you're on the mend.

    emoticon on your promotion to blue socks!
    1964 days ago
    I'm glad you are on the road to recovery!

    1964 days ago
    Hugs, so glad to see you back blogging! You have been missed my friend. Hope you continue to improve and the blue socks is just the first step to your health returning.
    1964 days ago
    Linda, it is so great to see you blogging...Nancy and Diane have been keeping us Sunnies informed with what was going on with you and it is great to hear from you. I know what you mean about the socks, my mom was in a rehab facility most of the late Winter and early Spring and I remember how good she felt when she got the socks that gave her some freedom.

    Sending lots of hugs to you and praying everyday for your speady recovery.
    1964 days ago
    I, too, was among those who did not know, but glad to learn some of the details. You were very wise to do as you did, and know to tell them you were having a stroke! Rejoicing with you over your in progress recovery and the blue socks!

    When a huge health issue hits in a year, boy does it make Thanksgiving "what I'm thankful for" an EASY thing. Every morning we wake up!
    1964 days ago
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    Wow! It is so wonderful to see you blogging again! I hope your vision has improved! It was great meeting you, but you did not have to go to such lengths to visit my city! LOL

    I hope you see you on SP more often now. And congrats on the blue socks!
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    1964 days ago
    Wow, how scary! Wishing you better days and will send positive energy from CA.
    1964 days ago
    Thank God!!! I have kept you in my prayers. I'm so thankful hearing from you!

    So thankful you are going to make a full recovery! So THANKFUL , so GRATEFUL!!!

    emoticon for blogging! I have missed you!

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    1964 days ago
    Oh my goodness! I am so glad you're recuperating. What a horrible ordeal! HUGS and know you're in my prayers daily. Recuperate!

    1964 days ago
    Dear dear Linda, I am so happy to hear from you and to know that you are recovering. I knew something had to be wrong but never in a million years did I guess that you had had a stroke. I am so relieved that you sound absolutely like yourself and I'm thrilled to hear about your new blue socks. Please post when you can so we know how you're doing. And you know that I am continuing to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    1964 days ago
    Until a couple of days ago, I didn't realize you'd had a stroke. I'm so glad that you are doing ok and improving. I know you have a lot of family responsibilities and hope you are able to have peace of mind regarding those things.

    I'll be praying for your continued recovery. emoticon
    1964 days ago
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