So What Exactly Happened?

On April 12th, as near as I can tell, I had a stroke. Not a massive stroke. I wasn’t paralyzed and I didn’t slur my speech. I had no horrible headache. Just a small dull one. And a loss of balance which I thought was a result of an ear infection.

As a result, I did nothing (well, not quite nothing, but I didn’t do all the things you’re supposed to do for a stroke victim, though I did take an aspirin to deal with that dull headache, and did a couple things to help with my phantom ear infection). Until two days later. By that time I was not getting better and the loss of balance now included some weakness in my left arm.

Long story short I went to the ER and was quickly admitted because I had dangerously high blood pressure. They began to monitor me for stroke symptoms and to work to bring my blood pressure down. They ran a series of tests, including a CT scan and an MRI where they discovered that I’d experienced a 1.7 centimeter infarction on the right side of my cerebellum. They also monitored my heart and gave me several tests, including a stress test, and discovered that I’d also experienced a small heart attack.

The culprit, apparently, was the high blood pressure, and for good measure, they diagnosed me as diabetic, too.

Besides a number of medicines, I went on a low sodium, constant carbohydrate diet, and I started seeing a physical therapist daily.

Each day I could see progress, and when my blood pressure leveled out to what the doctor had set as the new parameter, and when the stress test showed no blockage in my heart, they discharged me.

Ever since, I’ve been on the mend. The “weakness” in my arm, which presented more as a lack of coordination, has almost completely disappeared, which is why I can again type. My left leg was affected more, but I’ve graduated from the walker to a cane, and my home physical therapist said, the day he discharged me, that he didn’t see why I couldn’t regain full use of both leg and arm.

My endurance isn’t there yet, but it’s also getting better. I’ve had wonderful help and support, which has been such a blessing, but more on that another time. Suffice it to say, I walked through the fire, but not alone. (Isaiah 43:2) I did nothing “right,” but in the midst of my distress I did call out to God. He heard my cry for help and has sent me just the people I’ve needed. Praise Him for His provision.

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Published in: on May 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm  Comments (22)  
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  1. So glad to hear you’re OK Rebecca! 🙂

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  2. Amen! Praising the Lord for His provision! What you went through some of us actually call an MI. It means a miracle intervention. That’s when your body gets your attention and sends you in to get help. So the idea that you did everything wrong, nah, God did everything right and you responded exactly as you should have. 🙂

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  3. Amen, Becky, God is good and lots of folks are glad you are okay

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  4. Hope you will be completely well, soon!

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  5. Becky – I am so glad to hear you are doing better! Praying for you, my friend!

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  6. So glad you’re alright and it sounds like you’ll be better than ever in awhile. God is good.

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  7. God is good. Praying you continue to mend quickly and have no more problems.

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  8. I m so grateful for the Lord’s care of you!!!

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  9. I’m so glad to hear that you’re doing better!

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  10. Praising God for His favor over you, His provisions during your time of recovery, and oh so glad you went in when you did!❤ We continue to pray with you!

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  11. I Praise God for your recovery. I pray that he will strengthen your limbs the more. It is well.

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  12. God bless you and keep you, Becky. Thanks for your message of faithfulness. MRI: Miraculous Redemptive Intervention . . .

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  13. Amen. Praise God for his goodness, for his people who surround us, for his healing work in our bodies and spirits. I pray you will continue to mend.

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  14. Thank you, Becky, for the update! I’m so glad you’re on the mend!

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  15. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Glad to hear you’re doing better.

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  16. Praising God that you did go in and found out what was wrong and that you are getting better. ❤

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    • God is gracious, no doubt! He deserves all the praise.

      Becky

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  17. Rebecca, I am so sorry you are still not over the stroke but I am glad God sent you to the right people who helped and also that you now have medication for high blood pressure. This seems to come to many of us over a certain age. I hope your arm coordination continues to improve and your leg. Oddly enough I am seeing a physiotherapist for my arm and doing certain exercises daily. My left leg was damaged on Mothering Sunday and will take months to heal. I am lucky I was wearing slacks after Church!! So I can relate to you both physically and spiritually. Will pray for continued return to good health.
    Blessings,
    Jane

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    • And I for you, Jane. I didn’t know you were dealing with health issues.

      Becky

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  18. So glad to hear God carried you through and that you’re doing better. I pray you find the road to recovery a smooth, steady path.

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    • Praise God, I can see improvement every day, even on the “down days.”

      Thanks for your prayers!! Please do continue.

      Becky

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      • Will do, Becky!

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