1/31/09

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My friend's mom suffered multiple strokes on both sides of her brain the other afternoon. They were very deep and severe. The doctor said this isn't an average stroke; it was off the charts. As of now she is paralized on her left side but they don't know if it's permanent or not. They won't really know anything until she's off the sedation and ventilator and breathing on her own; they don't feel comfortable taking her off any time soon though. Not long ago she suffered a heart attack and the likes of her having another stroke or heart attack are very high. So far she's been able to move her eyebrows, mouth, and squint her eyes in response to those around her.

When I was young I witnessed my neighbor, a close family friend, having a stroke. All I can remember is the panic in my mom's voice as she picked up the phone to dial 911 and forced my friends and I downstairs so they wouldn't have to see their mom in that state. I was terrified by that experience so I can't imagine how hard it would be to watch my own mother suffer a stroke.

In my mind, my friend's mom is so strong, so full of life and personality that there's no doubt she'll fight this but I'm asking you, whatever it is you do, whether it's praying or keeping her in your thoughts or just sending some good vibes her way, please do it; I know she'll appreciate it.



3 comments:

emmapeelDallas said...

What a beautiful, eloquent tribute to your friend's mom, who will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers.

Judi

Patty said...

Sending her hugs from the Eastern Shore in Maryland, US. Get well.

Deta said...

What an old picture. If only it hadnt changed....

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