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I DO HARD THINGS

Friday, July 03, 2020


That is a powerful reminder to me!
Often I can forget it in the onslaught of the tsunami of life's events.
There are times though the magnitude of things seems impossible to contend with. The deep penetrating pain of losing those you love, the illnesses raging through the body of other dear and precious ones, the struggles of day to day living seem to get harder and harder.

That is when the quote hits! I CAN do hard things.
Sometimes being reminded is what it takes to shake me into the level of strength that has accrued over the years.

My most recent "hard thing" happened a month ago. When I woke up I noticed my side vision from my left eye wasn't what it usually is like. Called my optometrist and his reply was perhaps it was the fact my glasses were due to be checked in 2 months and any blurriness could be from that. I let that slide and went on with my day. On my evening walk things still didn't seem right.

The following morning I knew another phone call was necessary because of seeing coloured like ribbons in my left peripheral vision. He agreed to see me. After eye exams and testing he recommended that my GP refer me to the eye clinic at the hospital for further tests/confirmations. He felt that since my retina was fine that it could be something behind my eye! (only your brain and optic nerve are back there!)

I was seen within hours at the hospital and more eye exams and a CT scan was ordered. There it was! A shadow on my optical lobe of my brain! I had had a mini-stroke!! The result was my vision was slightly impaired. I was being admitted for observations!! (The last time I was admitted to a hospital was when my youngest was born 39 years ago!!!)

I was on the stroke ward and so thankful for the excellent care the NHS provided me. I was wired for sound and because of the minor effect of the mini-stroke I was in a room by myself as the second bed was not in use. Face masks, hand gels, attentive care and knowledgeable teams with the ability to answer my questions were all present. Thankfully the physios and home health nurse signed me off of needing their future assistance. I was released the next evening. A short 24 hour stay!!

How has this month been? No driving until I have another eye exam next week. Friends and neighbours getting my groceries, best friend taking me out to do my shopping, people stopping by to check on me (I live alone with my cat). I have had a follow-up hospital doctor phone call and I have been released from hospital care. Love and long distance family/friends support from the USA.

My vision has improved and only a very slight light shadow at round the 11 o'clock area remains. I am extremely grateful and thankful that this is the only effect of the TIA (transient ischaemic attack) As I have been living a very healthy lifestyle for the past 2 years (WFPB) the TIA was a huge shock. Thankfully there was no bleeding.

I am so very thankful that I have taken steps of improving my lifestyle so that now I am so close to a "normal" weight for my height. (Had I not taken those steps, the outcome of what I experienced could have been terribly worse!) My energy level is consistently high and I challenge myself every day to keep improving. What a HUGE message to continue to self improve. To encourage others not to waste time about their health. This is not a dress rehearsal! This life is IT!

YES! I DO HARD THINGS!! That to me is the only way to get though this life. Know that those hard things WILL and DO happen. It's just a matter of knowing that I don't have to go through them alone! Thankfully and gratefully there is a strength that I call on to help me stand again and walk through these difficulties. Thank you Jesus for your steadying hand!
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  • IUSBDEB
    Hi Mary, I'm so glad this was a 'minor' tia and that your vision continues to improve. What a shock to hear this news! I know you are taking good care of yourself and it doesn't sound like the mini-stroke will have lasting negative physical impact, except for the knowledge that it happened. Sending strength and lots and lots of good energy your way as you continue to recover. You are CAMO strong!!

    Deb Richards
    former CAMO
    341 days ago
  • SWDOTB2
    Mary,
    I am so very thankful to read that you are recovering your vision and that this stroke wasn't any worse than what you have described. I needed to read your strong statement about this could have been much worse if you hadn't been in good health. Thankful you have had those around you to help you with things.
    Love you,
    Lee
    342 days ago
  • SAPHRAEL
    What?! I’m so sorry to hear this. It must’ve been scary. I have been so disconnected from...everything these past few months. I’m thankful and grateful for you and that you are still here doing hard things. Much love from across the pond. ❤️
    376 days ago
  • BRIGHTPENNY
    So sorry to hear this Mary! And you’ve been working so hard to be fit. You are right, you lost all the weight before because you persevered and we’re into being healthy. So perhaps the stroke is a heads up to continue with what you are doing so well and that you avoided worse. Good for you for listening to your body and advocating for you with the eye doctor! You are full of spirit girl!! You are strong! Thanks for sharing this as a notice for all of us reading to take care of ourselves.. that tomorrow is now!
    392 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am so sorry about the mini-stroke. I am so happy that you received the medical care that you needed. Thank heavens for good friends.
    394 days ago
  • ZELLAZM
    Mary, Mary, that certainly is a scary hard thing in the midst of a season of many hard things! I'm taking your message to heart as I get back on the right-eating wagon once again. Take good care emoticon
    395 days ago
  • no profile photo CD23859555
    Girl I am glad you are getting better and nothing more serious happened. Love you and continue to take care of yourself. HUGS
    396 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2035636
    Thank goodness you took your own health as priority. Glad you are doing better.

    Sending you positive thoughts.
    396 days ago
  • MDOWER1
    Thank you
    396 days ago
  • no profile photo LDSJENEEN
    Thank you for sharing. Glad you’re doing well and that you’ve had great people to help you.
    396 days ago
  • SLIVERBULLET
    Have a wonderful day
    396 days ago
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