Friday, May 23, 2008

Life Update

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.

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.

9 comments:

Odd Chick said...

I had this weird feeling that something was wrong. I'm so sorry that you, and especially your Mom, are having to go through such a fiery trial. I also believe in the power of prayer and I have already prayed and will pray again upon every remembrance. Don't be afraid, He is with you. He is your Great Assurance in the Day and your Great Defender in the Night.

Shelley said...

Ernie:

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. You're both in my thoughts and prayers.

Keep looking for those little moments of joy. I just read recently how even saying the word "fear" constricts our hearts, and simply repeating the word "joy" opens our hearts with love and peace.

Rest in the shelter and healing light of God's love, and take good care of yourself during this stressful time also.

Shelley (from Jessica's groups)

Scrappy Cat said...

Ernie -

So sorry to hear about your dear mom. I will be keeping you and her in my thoughts - sending lots of healing thoughts your way. We miss you in Cre8ive Photo - but understand and will be glad to have you back whenever you're ready. Take care.

Cheryl

susie said...

Ernie, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I will most definitely keep you and your family in my thoughts. *hugs*

Anetka said...

I must say that I've been checking your blog every day and not seeing any new posts really worried me! I am sorry to hear about your Mother. She is very lucky to have your for a daughter. I will keep you and your family close to my heart while praying.
Best wishes for you Ernie and your Mum.

Anetka

Krafty Kat said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. You are both in my thoughts. It is great that you can find some joy, however small, while you are going through this!

Hummie said...

Oh Ernie! You posted this days ago ....we need an update. This is just horrible. I pray that God is meeting the pains and cries of your heart as He knows what you and your Mom need right now.

Linda said...

Ms. Ernie -- so sorry to hear about your beautiful mom! Keep your chins up -- and keep finding those bits of laughter and joy as you go along. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Hummie said...

How are you doing now, Ernie?