I have a multitude of things to be thankful for . . . and I am. Yet, for this month I want to really keep our focus on not just feeling thankful inside. I want us to make a habit of letting others see how thankful we are for what God has done. Hmmmmm .
On October 1st I woke up – t I r e d – and worn out. That was my normal.
When the kids got up an hour later I spoke out loud for the first time. Only, it didn’t sound like words, it was garbled and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t talk correctly. My lips felt sort of numb and a little swollen. I thought I had a virus or, since we had just gotten home from a family vacation out of the country, I suspected something connected to our time spent enjoying God’s creation, maybe something weird like a tick.
I Googled “swollen lips” among many other things but nothing came suggesting it might be a stroke. That possibility never even entered my mind until Kristin suggested it.
By that afternoon I was pretty much back to normal so I just chalked it up to something weird but when Randy insisted I go to the doctor, I did without any resistance. I was wondering . . . I talked to the doctor about 60 seconds and it was off to the hospital.
Now, after more doctors and specialists than I ever hoped to meet, we know I had two strokes and one was on October 1st.
I’ve recovered so well that I amaze all the doctors. It seems my strokes were triggered, at least in part, by severe Sleep Apnea. That’s kind of ironic because it is not even something I really even believed was true, or at the very least, I thought it was way over-diagnosed. But one night on the sleeping machine changed my opinion instantly.
But there were still 2 elephants in the room that I could not ignore. None of the dozen or so doctors that I saw even mentioned either one. And it wasn’t until I went to the naturopath that these were ever discussed in a doctor’s office. They were my diet and my weight.
I actually changed my diet the day after we found out that had been a stroke. I began eating healthier foods made by God: fruits, vegetables, and protein. I am much healthier and losing weight. Thank you, Jesus.
Really, I am doing better than I could have ever expected and God gets all the glory.
Unfortunately I am hard-headed and slow to “get” His more subtle messages. So, He bonked me hard so I would sit up and listen.
I had a stroke and I finally took notice. I radically changed the way I eat and started walking to work out every day.
I am healthier now than I was the day I had the stroke.
Of course, this isn’t over. I really need to lose more weight and I’m still homeschooling 3 so life is full and I hope the Lord keeps me here to finish the race with my family.
And, in the meantime, as I have time and inspiration, I’ll be here. Ready and willing to walk alongside you as you live God’s priorities, love your abundant life, and laugh along the way.