I’m back! (Kind of)
Wow, what an interesting few weeks it has been!
On Good Friday Morning, just after my morning shower, everything started spinning! I thought oh no, another bout of vertigo, as I had probably experienced minor vertigo in the past. But this was the worst yet. I lay down in bed and the spinning did not stop.
After an hour and a half, I was finally able to get up though not feeling quite normal. I went to a doctor in Rochester Friday afternoon to be safe and he said it looked like vertigo and if it acts up again, come back.
The rest of Friday was fine, as was all day Saturday and Easter. In fact, Easter afternoon, Brenda and I went on a 15-20 mile bike ride in Rochester. But 10 pm Easter night the symptoms kicked back in with a vengeance but this time it wouldn’t subside and included extreme nausea. I couldn’t even make it to bed and had to sleep on the couch. The symptoms lasted into Monday.
Monday morning, a friend took me to Kasson Mayo. The doctor said probably vertigo but some things didn’t add up and I should get a cat scan to make sure. That led to a trip with Brenda to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Tuesday for a CT scan which led to prognosis of, a stroke! An artery on the left side of my neck tore, leaking blood that wasn’t reaching the part of my brain that controls balance. This led to three overnights at the hospital and three more overnights in Rehabilitation. Gina and the church board not knowing how long I would be away, graciously made arrangements to cover my preaching through May 21.
I so appreciate all your prayers including those who met at church to jointly pray for my recovery. And thanks for all the visits and cards!! I got out after less than a week being admitted and after 2 1/2 weeks since the stroke on Easter I feel great. I have had no dizziness, nausea or balance issues and have been in the office working as normal. I have not been able to drive (doctor’s orders) though I feel I can and am ready to again. I have once a week physical therapy for my balance at Fieldcrest. My research suggests 10% of all stroke victims make a complete recovery, but 75% of my type of stroke make a complete recovery. That is my hopes and expectations and so far, so good! I have been prescribed blood thinning and cholesterol lowering medicine. The doctors say the walls of the torn artery heal by themselves.
I look forward to sharing more with you on Sunday May 28 about God’s mercy and all He has taught me. Love you all and it is so good to be back!