Joy Journal: It's hard to find joy right now, but my mother and I shared a good, long laugh in the hospital this morning and it felt good.
Friday, May 23, 2008
My wonderful mother has had a stroke. Her neurologist calls it a "large" stroke in the occipital portion of her brain, the portion that controls vision. It happened last Sunday evening and I've been with her in the hospital since then. She has lost some vision but we're not sure yet how much and the doctors have no idea whether or not it's permanent. When dealing with strokes, they don't give you a prognosis since strokes are so unpredictable. Right now she is in the "critical" stage where the same clot could cause further damage or a new clot could be released. My brother and I are staying with her in shifts round the clock in the hospital. I have to admit that I'm scared. And tired. I know that it is in God's hands but I wish I had a way to help her. She has been very upbeat so far but today the realities have finally begun to sink in and depression can't be too far behind. Please keep her in your prayers (Hummie, I sent you an email but don't know if you got it or not). Prayers are powerful things and the more prayers, the more power. My mother's life and vision are worth saving. And I love her.