Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Crazy tree

Love these crazy, curly tree limbs!
Crazy tree
Seen in one of the gardens at the NE Georgia Medical Center

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View from the Back, Bottom, or Underneath

Underneath a tiki hut at the Conch House Restaurant, St. Augustine, Florida

Tiki hut

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Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green

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A salute for G-Pa and a visit with cousins

My latest post about grandson Ben…

Believing for Ben

It’s been three months since I last posted about grandson Ben, and since then our family has faced a serious medical situation.

Ben and his mom were visiting for the weekend when my husband, Ben’s G-Pa, had a major stroke last month.  The situation could have been quite frightening for a six-year-old boy, but Ben showed no sign of distress.

Because he idolizes emergency workers and because he, himself, has been transported by ambulance, Ben welcomed the EMTs as they came to treat his G-Pa.  As G-Pa was being taken out of the house on a gurney, Ben stood ramrod straight and saluted his grandfather the way soldiers, firefighters and police officers salute a fallen comrade.  I will never forget that sight as long as I live.

His own time spent in hospitals has made Ben very aware of proper hospital etiquette.  Though he spent many hours at the hospital while G-Pa…

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A New Center of Gravity: A Walmart Sunset #4

 

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.   (Oprah Winfrey)

(I had stopped by our local Walmart on the way home from the hospital to pick up a few things for my husband.  He was at that moment in a hospital bed suffering from a major stroke, and I was exhausted and fearful.  Coming out into the Walmart parking lot, I witnessed a magnificent sunset that began to change right before my eyes.  This is the last of four photos I took that evening of a sunset that reminded me always to look up and have hope…)

Fear Not the Thorns: A Walmart Sunset #3

 

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path. (Khalil Gibran)

(I had stopped by our local Walmart on the way home from the hospital to pick up a few things for my husband.  He was at that moment in a hospital bed suffering from a major stroke, and I was exhausted and fearful.  Coming out into the Walmart parking lot, I witnessed a magnificent sunset that began to change right before my eyes.  This is the third of four photos I took that evening of a sunset that reminded me always to look up and have hope…)

One Step at a Time: A Walmart Sunset #2

Walmart sunset 2

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.  (John Wanamaker)

(I had stopped by our local Walmart on the way home from the hospital to pick up a few things for my husband.  He was at that moment in a hospital bed suffering from a major stroke, and I was exhausted and fearful.  Coming out into the Walmart parking lot, I witnessed a magnificent sunset that began to change right before my eyes.  This is the second of four photos I took that evening of a sunset that reminded me always to look up and have hope…)

The Little Things: A Walmart Sunset #1

I had stopped by our local Walmart on the way home from the hospital to pick up a few things for my husband.  He was at that moment in a hospital bed suffering from a major stroke, and I was exhausted and fearful.  Coming out into the Walmart parking lot, I witnessed a magnificent sunset that began to change right before my eyes.  This is the first of four photos I took that evening of a sunset that reminded me always to look up and have hope…

Walmart sunset 1

Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.  (Sharon Draper)

Trying to get back

I’ve been away and have missed blogging and reading the posts of the bloggers I follow.  It’s been over 3 weeks since my last post when I asked for prayers and good thoughts because my husband had just suffered a major stroke.

He is back home now after being hospitalized and treated by neurologists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists and urologists and after spending several days in the inpatient rehabilitation unit of the hospital where he received speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.  We are now facing a major change in our lives.

Although he has regained strength on his right side and is walking well with the assistance of a walker, he has lost half of the vision in each eye and still has some difficulty searching for words.  He probably will never drive again and (whether because of the stroke’s effects on his brain or the vision problems, I don’t know) has lost the ability to read and write.  Because of the risk of falling, he cannot be left alone.  I have taken a leave of absence from my job and may not be able to return to work at all.

Next week he begins outpatient rehabilitation therapy.  In the coming weeks he faces 2 procedures and an operation on his esophagus and possibly 2 procedures on his heart, which is pumping at only 25-30% capacity.  Each procedure carries its own risks.  For some procedures he must be on blood thinners. For others he must be off blood thinners for a period of time.

Both daughters and our 3 grandchildren have been here, gone home, returned again, and gone home again during this ordeal.  It has been a blessing to have them here.

So that’s where I’ve been.  I hope to maintain my return to blogging.  I have received many sweet messages of support from my blogging community, and I would ask each of you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Change: Asking for prayers

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.  (John Kennedy)

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Sometime in the night last night my husband of almost 40 years had a stroke.  I am with him now in the hospital.  I ask my dear readers and blog followers to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.  Many thanks.