On my way to the hospital . . .
Since you guys and gals are all so special to me, I wanted to let you know what was going on and to ask you to keep us in your prayers tonight if you would.
Gary has been admitted to the hospital for an MRI and some other testings. I'm not sure how long he will be in, but I will definitely give you all updates. And for those of you who are "regulars" on both mine and Gary's blogs, this is especially aimed at you since I know all of you love Gary and would want to know about this.
A little background... two years ago, while I was pregnant with Sydney, Gary had a stroke. He is only 40 now, so was just 38 at the time. After all sorts of testing they found that he was completely normal and healthy and it was just a "fluke" (some 'junk' had traveled from his bloodstream to his brain and made him have a mild stroke). He suffered from some repurcussions from that for a while, but has been pretty healthy for at least a year and a half.
Well, this morning he went to the doctor and they immediately sent him to have an MRI done--after he was having trouble speaking yesterday (he could think of what he wanted to say, but couldn't make his mouth say the words). So, there's obviously something going on with his brain connections somehow.
Anyway, the MRI came back looking "weird" (good Scientific term, huh? lol), so he will be in the hospital for various tests trying to figure out what's up (testing for stroke, MS, other stuff like that).
Gary will probably be upset that I posted this--he hates to be a bother to anyone--but so many of you are like an extended family to me, that I thought it was important to post it.
We are VERY positive people, so we're sure that everything is going to turn out just fine. Right now Gary is more concerned about missing Softball Registration on Saturday more than anything--lol!!--but of course, we have just got to get him better.
Thanks for the prayers and good thoughts. I'll update later!!
(And lookie here--Blogger MADE me switch to Beta. Maybe I'll like it now that they've forced me to do it. Gary will be glad! ha!)
Love ya! Later!
EDITED to UPDATE: We just returned from the hospital after being with Gary for about 5 hours in the emergency room. They did an MRI, some EKGs, etc., and finally got him into his room around 9:30 pm. They found out that he indeed DID have a mild stroke. The neurologist quickly found it on the MRI and, because of that, they quickly put him or Plaxil (which is a blood thinner) and aspirin. He was very tired and ready for some sleep--but mostly frustrated! He is still having a hard time putting his thoughts into words. He will start a sentence, say a few words, then have to strain a bit to say the next word. And his memory is a tad bit screwed up. But, the good news is that it was a mild stroke and not MS or something even worse (which I think really scared him when they said MS as a possibility). So, my feeling is that he will probably just be in for a day or two to monitor him and see if the medicine takes his symptoms away. Then it's back to what he was supposed to be doing after he suffered his first stroke almost 3 years ago (I said 2 on my post earlier,but my time was confused!)--taking aspirin everyday, going to regular neurological check-ups and so forth. After his stroke the last time, he lost the ability to use the right side of his body normally for about 6 months (he couldn't hardly play the guitar or throw the softball with Delaney) and that just about killed him. I could tell tonight that he's worried again about not being back to "normal" again for awhile. I just laughed and told him that I finish all of his sentences for him anyway; I'll do that for the rest of his life if he needs me to!
He's doing better than I thought he'd be doing, but he will still have some challenges. But God's taking care of him, and he's loved by a whole lot of people!
(The worst part was leaving him at the hospital alone, and seeing Delaney--my most sensitive child--tear up as we were leaving. Not easy!)
Thanks for the sweet comments already. I really appreciate all of you!!!
Hope all of you have wonderful Fridays and weekends wherever you may be!