Hello from Florida, where the temps are rising, the Spring Breakers are partying, and where Flagler Beach is quickly changing from sleepy winter beach town to thriving place-to-go for early vacations, good food, and cinnamon sands.
Two girlfriends, Sue and Jennifer, and I went to a 2-hour Restorative Yoga class last weekend, and it was a hoot (it’s not supposed to be a hoot, it’s supposed to be “restorative” – but that was before the three of US arrived). You see, Jennifer, Sue nor I had ever done yoga before, and we were the only “rookies” in the room. When the instructor found out I had neck problems, she modified every position to facilitate not harming any progress I’ve made – which was awesome. But . . . if we hadn’t been in a very quiet, meditative, calming environment, I would have been laughing out loud throughout the entire session. I really had no idea there were so many ways you can twist and pretzel your body and then hold the position – for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. News flash . . . I still don’t!
ON THE ISLAND
Mackinac is still cold, but most of the snow is gone – although they did have a few flurries this week. Ferry service is back in full swing.
OUR SUNSET INLET MIRACLE
A couple of weekends ago, our new next-door-neighbors, David and Lisa, threw a baby shower for their daughter who lives in Utah and is due in April. They invited me to come over, and a large group of family and friends played baby shower games and watched with laughter as she opened her gifts. Two days later their daughter flew home, and David and Lisa were resting from a very full weekend when David suddenly developed a really, really bad headache and began to feel sick. A few moments later he threw up. He rested the remainder of the day and throughout that night. I was leaving to work in the ER the next morning as they were packing the car to go back to Jacksonville, which is their permanent home. I asked David how he was feeling, and he smiled and said, “My head is still hurting. I’m going to work, but I’ve also got a doctor’s appointment.”
Just after I got home from the hospital and was eating lunch, I received a text from Lisa. “David has had a fairly serious stroke. He is going into the ICU at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville.” I immediately let other neighbors know, and our neighborhood prayers joined those of David’s family and their Jacksonville friends. David is 49.
Over the next few days we anxiously waited as time passed and test after test was taken. The tests all showed the blood clot that caused the stroke, but, miracle of miracles, the blood clot did not injure David’s brain in any way. The part of the brain where it was located is one that controls very little in the body. He has no neurological symptoms at all – no loss of motor skills, no slurred speech, no memory loss. NOTHING was affected.
David is on a blood thinner, and he has a monitor implanted in his chest that downloads data to his doctors each night. He was released from the hospital after less than a week, and two days later he and Lisa took their other daughter and their grandson on a Disney Cruise . . .
I asked David on the boat if I could share his story, and he said, “Absolutely! Please let people know my symptoms were nothing but a bad headache and nausea. It never crossed my mind that I was having a stroke. I honestly thought I might have a brain tumor – but not a stroke.” David wanted everyone to be aware of the unusual symptoms in case the same thing happened to them.
So now we laughingly and lovingly call him our “miracle” neighbor. And we thank God for answered prayers.
Hope everyone is doing well and had a great weekend! God bless.