Life threw me a curve ball



I cannot believe I have not posted anything since last Wednesday!!

I mean, seriously.  I don’t know when the last time that happened!

Well……ya know how ya never know what a day will bring ya?

That was true for me last Thursday.

I never in a million years thought I would spend 4 hours in the emergency room that day.  But I did.

That morning, I woke up with a TERRIBLE headache, but Dad was coming over to watch the boys for a few hours so I could finish my Christmas shopping.  {And I had a LOT left to do!}

So I took some ibuprofen, but on my game face, and went shopping.  It was raining cats and dogs that day, which does not make for a great day of shopping.  I stopped at ToysRUs first to knock some things off my list, and thankfully it  wasn’t that crowded.

But my headache would NOT go away.  It actually kept getting worse.  So bad, in fact, that I began feeling nauseous.  I was getting so frustrated.  A headache, a down pour, and a long shopping list do not make for good buddies.

I had gotten as much as I could get done before I felt like I was going to vomit in the car.  I cried to Cy on the phone because still had some stores to go to, and I knew I wasn’t going to make it.  Maybe I had the flu?

Around 11:00 am, I called Dad and told him that I was going to swing by my doctor’s office and see if I could get checked for the flu.  He said that was fine.  I called Cy and cried some more on the phone because I felt soooo bad.  I really didn’t know if I could make it to the doctor before I threw up.

Within the next 5 minutes, things took a turn for the worse.  My arms and legs began going numb.  I really began freaking out.  Quickly after my arms went numb, my fingers began to cramp and get stiff.  I couldn’t even bend my fingers to grip the steering wheel!

Y’all, I would like to say I remained calm, but I didn’t.  I was crying hysterically thinking that I was having a stroke or something was terribly wrong.  I had never experienced anything like that.

I made it to the doctor’s office, but could barely feel my legs and had trouble walking in the front door.  I bypassed the check in line and walked straight to the door in the waiting room.  I saw a nurse, and began to cry.  I told her I felt like I was going to pass out and that I couldn’t feel my arms and legs.  She immediately led me into a room, and the nurse began to talk my blood pressure and do an EKG on me.  They called an ambulance and said I needed to go to the ER.  I was having a lot of trouble breathing, and finally threw up in the waiting room.  {To which I kept apologizing to the nurses for doing so.}

I threw up in the ambulance too.

I kept crying and asking someone to “help me.”  I just wanted to the feeling back in my arms and legs.

Long story longer…

They took me to the ER and hooked me up to an IV and checked a million things.  Cy got there as they were wheeling me into the Emergency room.  He was a mess as well.

My sister got there shortly after, and I cried when I saw her.  In one glance, we both knew in our hearts that we wish Mom was there.

I was told that my CO2 was at a very dangerous level, and I had been hyperventilating.  They made me breath in a bag for a while.  The medicine they gave me in my IV made me feel better within about 30 minutes, and I had all the feeling back in my arms and legs and the nausea went away.

They also did a CT scan on me to make sure it wasn’t anything neurological, and it  came back clear.

Soooo, the doctor feels that I had a severe migraine that caused me to get sick. Then, when I began hyperventilating, I was taking in to too much oxygen and not releasing any CO2 which caused my arms and legs to go numb and my fingers to cramp.

Weird, right?

I have to go see a neurologist and my obgyn to get my hormones checked.

Isn’t it lovely getting older, ladies?!

So that is why I haven’t posted, or been on social media, or answered any emails.  I’ve needed some rest, and I’ve done my best to get some.

Unfortunately, I now have a head cold, and have felt terrible all day today.  Sad smile

But I will tell you friends, in light of what others have had to endure the past two weeks, I cannot complain at all.  My life has been inconvenienced by a scary trip to the ER and a bad head cold, but I still have so much to be thankful for this holiday season.

I don’t have everything checked off my Christmas list, and I haven’t been able to do all the traditions that I love right before Christmas, but I will still celebrate.

Cause Christmas is WAY more than presents, more than traditions, more than spending time with family and friends, more than a spirit of cheer, more than holiday tunes, more than any of that.

Christmas is about God’s great love for us.  So great, that He came to earth as a baby to live and die and to demonstrate His love for us.

He is our Joy during times of pain.

He is our Strength when we are weak.

He is our Hope when we think we have none.

He is our Peace in times of turmoil.

Those are the gifts I am celebrating this Christmas.



{p.s.  I missed you guys.}  :)

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