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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Home From the Hospital and A New Life Ahead


Well, I had no idea when I took a break from blogging that I would find myself in the hospital and need to take even a longer blogger break. I think I really need to start blogging now to help me move forward.

I went to the doctor last Friday. I needed to get established with a new primary doctor and I have been having a lot of problems with my left foot. I was very nervous when I went in, as it has been way too many years since I had visited any doctor. I know, stupid. I waited for Dr Jen Butler on the recommendation by my daughter that she would be a good fit. She is wonderful and a hugger and a good listener. That's what I need. So my blood pressure was sky high and went up during the visit. She listened to my heart and then sent me over for an EKG. The next thing we knew, Jim was driving me to the hospital. They were waiting for me at the emergency. I had super high blood pressure, a racing heart beat and AFib. Not good. I am so blessed to be alive. It's a miracle that I didn't have a stroke or a heart attack. I guess God has more plans for me, as I really shouldn't even be here.
They gave me meds and kept me in emergency until about 8 pm and decided I needed to stay over night.
I had the best nurses and care...so kind. The chaplain was so kind and sweet...really love her. She brought me a bible as I didn't have time to get anything before we went to the hospital. One of the nurses, Katherine, was just a gift from God...so funny and so understanding. She sat on the bed and held my hand when I feel apart.
They sent me home on Sunday and so the journey begins. I am on Coumadin, which really sucks. I have to learn what I can eat and what I can't eat. I am also on a low sodium diet. There is hidden salt in everything. It's going to be hard to figure this all out. I know I have to. It is a bit overwhelming too.
I decided it was it will be good for me to blog about this...at least I can get it out and express myself.
Oh, I am so thankful to still be here1 i am grateful that nothing happened when I was watching my grandkids, so thankful.
I had a really bad night last night. This is hard and not fun. I will have many changes and that is always hard for me. I want to get well, I want to be healthy, I want to be here longer. So, I will do what I need to do.
I don't want my blog to be a downer, but it might be occasionally...I need to write sometimes.
The sun is shining this morning, I can only have one cup of coffee, but I'm still here! I might have a sick heart, but I have a grateful heart.

17 comments:

Debby Ray said...

Oh Linda! I am so sorry you had to be hospitalized but what a hidden blessing that they were able to get you the treatment you needed before anything worse happened! That happens so often and we really do need to count it as a God thing, for sure! Take it easy and get the rest you need as you get used to your new lifestyle. And I think it is great that you have decided to blog about it. You never know who you might help and it is also way for you to communicate prayer needs...or just whenever you need to vent! Hugs & prayers!

Sylvia said...

I am sorry to learn of this,Linda. I will be praying for you. God is good and has plans for you so have faith.I enjoy your blog and don't worry about it being boring. We will be here to listen and hopefully offer some encouragment.

Hugs,Sylvia

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Recording your new journey on your blog is a good idea! God certainly has plans for you! Did you ever find out about your foot? Take care!!!
warmly,
deb

Valerie said...

Dear Linda,
I am so sorry for all you are going through. But, I will be praying for you and following along on your journey. Keep encouraged. Much Care, Valerie

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Linda,
I am so very sorry that you fell ill, however God certainly saw to getting you healthy again and has perfect plans for your future.
Wishing you the best always,
Jemma

Ruth W said...

Linds...I am so blessed though it was spotted in time. I posted a favorite scripture on my Facebook on Sunday in the in a graphic of bluebirds from Little Birdie Blessings...Psalm 31:15a...My Times Are In Your Hands...meaning His. If his is tending to the needs of the birds, how much more so yours. I will be praying for your speedy recovery. Funny...I thought of you this morning, and wondered if you would be posting, and looking forward to it. God is good!
Ruth

mari said...

oh Linda...praising our Heavenly Father that you are doing better. Medications and changes are hard .... But hang in there sweet lady 😊 Our Lord is in control 🙏🙏 is

Gwen said...

Linda, so very sorry to hear all that is going on with you. Sounds like you have a handle on it though. You sound very positive to take care of the problem. That is a big part of the solution. You hang in there and take good care of yourself. Prayers are headed your way for wisdom and determination to take care of your health issues. Hugs to you, my friend!

Kelly-Anne said...

Dearest, dearest Lady Linda...

Oh, I am truly very sorry to hear of what a difficult time you have had of late! Oh, how I wish I could pop over with a little ''love package'' and give you a hug...and just pray with you! But...know I am praying from my little corner of the world and lifting you up the Father for complete healing...and for comfort in the pain.
What a scary time this must have been for you...praise the dear, precious LORD for His mercy and grace...you just keep resting in His mighty arms and don't you worry, we will always be here to encourage you on those dark days... Oh, thinking of you so much, dear Lady Linda...thank you for sharing this with us.
Sending you so much love, sunshine and smiles today! Oh, and big hugs too!
Kelly-Anne

Kim said...

Oh my goodness, what a terrible lot you have been through. It is a good thing your medical problems were discovered and you are now on the road to recovery. What a blessing this new doctor of yours is and how wonderful you were so well taken care of in hospital. You have the most wonderful attitude and I am sure, though at times it will be all a little too much to get your head around, you will slowly work out your new lifestyle needed. Please be assured I will be praying for you and thinking of you way down here. I think blogging about this is a good thing....you never know who will be uplifted by your honesty and journey. Take care, lovely Linda. God Bless. Xx

mamasmercantile said...

My dear Linda how traumatic all this must have been for you. What a great blessing you saw the Doctor when you did and have managed to overcome the issues in the short term. It is always difficult to change your lifestyle but rest assured it will speed your recovery. Know that you are in my prayers. Take care.

Stephanie said...

My sweet friend, I was shocked to read this post this morning. Oh, I am so, so, so sorry you were in the hospital, but I praise the Lord that you are OKAY! You are so precious, Linda, and you have such a sweet outlook on everything. Please know that you are never far from my thoughts and prayers. May you rest in the Lord, sweet friend, as only He can sustain you. If there is anything, and I mean ANYTHING, that I can do please let me know.

Love you lots!

Debbie Harris said...

This was a bit of a shock! You know...I was really thinking of you and your dear hubby when I read that you were going to take a break. Not sure why, but God had me in prayer for you, and now I see just why.
Praise the Lord for His faithfulness in caring for you and your every need.
Rest up, and go at God's speed, sweet lady.

Love and Hugs~~

Szara Sowa said...

I was worried by your illness. I hope that You are feeling better. I will be praying for You. Love regards.

The Victorian Girl said...

Please, please take care of yourself--we want you around for a long, long time!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh my goodness, Linda - I am so glad that you have caught this in time! You have a wonderful attitude and I'm sending encouraging thoughts and prayers your way. Hugs xo Karen

Tierney Hogan said...

Sending you thought of healing and happy recovery - hugs!