Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Bump in the Road

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Good morning to you all.  Sorry, I have not posted for so long but I just got out of the hospital on Monday night, that’s me above in my P J’s.  Like the hospital garb looks that good!

I did have a stroke but it was a very minor one.  I spent two days at the hospital while they tried to find out what happened and the source.  It was the MIR that found the tiny stroke in my brain and the CAT scan with the dye said the arteries were doing fine now.   The ultrasound of my heart was good too. 

I will have to be on a heart monitor for a month to see if my heart rhythms are the cause.  The ultrasound of my heart was good…no holes etc.  I have no physical after affects like numbness, loss of vision, hearing, I am just a bit tired and have a neck head ache that returned when I got home. 

I will be seeing a specialist for my thyroid (which has always been off…a constant struggle) and a heart specialist.  My own doctor who is to coordinate all this is sick this week so the ball is rolling slowly.  I will be learning more soon, I hope.

So for now I am not allowed to go camping anywhere where there are no medical services so that means going to White Bird to visit my trailer is out of the question….just what I need to do…darn.  Once the heart monitor is off, I will find out more and should be able to travel.

I was a bad girl and didn’t go into the emergency room until the next day.  My episode was on Saturday night and I just felt numbness starting up my right leg and then as it moved up my body I decided to get on the floor.  I was there only a short time and got to a chair and was still shaky and had a headache in the back of my neck.  I just felt more tired in the morning so I called my doctor.  He suggested I got into Sacred Heart (a fantastic worldwide reputation for a great Heart hospital) and I got wonderful help there.  Everyone of my doctors and caregivers were fantastic.  I learned that they can pin point the area of the stroke if you get to the hospital in 3 hours….no more driving myself….the next day!

I feel humble and blessed to be alive.


  1. Oh my goodness Karen, what a traumatic and scary experience. You are definitely a lucky girl to have no permanent damage. I'm so sorry you're going to miss all your adventures for a while, but hopefully you'll be out there enjoy the great outdoors again real soon. I will be thinking about you and will keep you in my prayers.

  2. Oh NO, So scary and I am So sorry. Glad you are doing this well. We, who live alone always have concern about these types of incidents. I am so sorry you won't be Glamping as soon as you had hoped. Prayers going your way for a speedy recovery.

  3. Thanks ladies!I feel so blessed today with all the good wishes I have received.

  4. OMG. A lesson to all of us to not put it off once you realize that you are getting numbness in one of the limbs. I'm so thankful that you got the best of care and are doing very well. Can't wait to hear about the outcome of the specialists. Need anything, please let me know.

  5. Oh - I am so sorry that this happened to you, but so glad it has a happy ending! Wishing you a speedy recovery and a return to health asap. Hugs xo Karen

  6. Karen, I am so sorry to hear this news but happy you are on the mend. Literally, Bless Your Heart! Thanks for the warning signs, and learning not to wait! Sending you lots of loves and hugs and wishing you a full speedy recovery! XOXOXOXO

  7. Karen- I am so sorry and that is so so scary. If you get help quickly you can avoid severe damage even with a more massive stroke. Just plain scary, isn't it? The older we get the scarier these things get that happen to us. Praying for you. BE A GOOD GIRL and do just what they tell you to do! I am not even going to scold you for not getting help right away- I am sure you have scolded yourself enough. Take good care- xo Diana

  8. You bet I have. I will start caring more for myself by letting others help me first. Lesson learned.

  9. WOW! I appreciate how the "stroke" felt...God must have something ahead for you. How blessed that you have no side affects.

  10. Karen,

    Hugs and prayers for you. Had missed you, indeed, and so thankful things turned out so well. Oh, you (WE!) have so much for which to be thankful.

    Happy week to you and God bless,

  11. Oh Karen poor u. What a horrid thing to happen. So glad you are o.k. now. But hope all the doctors help you.

  12. Sending you healing hugs, and hoping you are camping soon. Best, Kim

  13. So sorry to hear about your mini stroke.... I always worry about the big "S"... I think we all do as we attain some years on top of our youth. I'm glad it was minor and that other parts of you are OK! Heal quickly, recover fully, and hope all goes well. I'm thankful you had such great doctors and nurses and other caregivers for your stay in the hospital. Soon you will be out there again, travelling in high style! God Bless, Marilyn

  14. Oh my Karen..I'm glad it was a mini and that you have no after effects..That would be scary..Take care of you !! You have many miles to travel.!!


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