Spring Has Sprung

This hyacinth on my back porch makes me exceedingly happy every time I look at it.  And it smells wonderful too.  This is what spring is all about.

I don’t have too much for this post tonight as I am recovering from a migraine.  I’ve been down all afternoon in a heap of misery.  Luckily the bulk of the pain has passed.  I just have the residual weird feeling in my head that comes after such a severe headache.  It’s like a shadow headache or something.

Anyway, I decided to share the spring love with our new across-the-street-neighbors this morning.  They moved in last week from Miami.  I dropped off a pretty orange plant (not sure of the name) in a pretty orange pot with a card welcoming them to the neighborhood.  They were not home when I stopped by so I left it out front where they would see it.

Later this evening as I was getting the watering can out of our garage, Vi, our new neighbor, flagged me down to thank me.  She said that a welcoming gesture like that would have never happened in Miami.  She was so nice and made my day with our little chat.  I’m glad I finally got to meet her!

Oh, and a horsefly bit my left buttock while I was laying by the pool the other day.  Now I have a huge, itchy welt the size of my hand.  Just in case you were curious…


Mimi Update

The short story is that things are finally looking up for my aunt!  Hooray!

The dosage of her anti-seizure medication was cut way back and, viola, her motor skills, speech and memory improved tremendously.  Thank goodness!  She was beginning to worry everyone with her 99-year-old-like behavior.

Her headache is finally, finally gone.  It took a month for it to go away.  That kind of enduring pain is hard for me to imagine.  I’m so happy that it’s gone.  Not as happy as my aunt is to be sure!

Her pace-maker has given her renewed energy.  It paces about 30% of the time so life before it must have been pretty tiring with a struggling heart.

She’s not completely back to her old self but she’s doing markedly better.  She’s still out of work thanks to the FMLA.  She’ll be out until mid-October.  She so desperately needs this time to heal and just to slow down and breathe.  Her stressful pace and constant worry is what landed her in the hospital in the first place.

So, I’m writing to say a big THANK YOU to all of my friends who have prayed for my aunt.  It’s working!   Mimi is coming back to us.  Life is slowly getting back to normal around here for everyone.

Feeling Helpless

My aunt (my mom’s sister), the kids call her Mimi, is in the hospital.

She’s been there for ten days now and the doctors don’t know for sure what is wrong with her.  She suffered a severe head trauma when she blacked out in her kitchen.  There was nothing to break her fall so her head impacted the tile floor with full force.

She has had a the worst imaginable headache since her fall.  No amount of pain medication can touch it.  She’s had no relief from her suffering for ten days.

She’s had a couple of seizures as well.  The most recent of which occurred this afternoon.

Her heart rate remained so low and unstable after the fall that she had a pace maker implanted last week.

The MRIs, EEGs, Cat scans, etc. do not reveal anything except some “possible seizure activity”.  I feel angry because the doctors cannot find what is wrong with my aunt.  I want them to fix whatever it is!  Make her well again!

I have never felt so helpless.  I wish there was something I could do for her.  The only thing I can think to do is pray.  And pray I do.