Last Thursday, August 2nd, was my husband and I’s 12th wedding Anniversary! We’ve had some hard years, but we are stronger for it…and I can honestly say that I love him more today than I did the day I said “I Do”. This year has also been one of the more worrisome. He’s been having medical problems….problems we are still trying to figure out. We were informed on Thursday that he more than likely suffered a stroke or four back in April and May (nice anniversary present, right?). Most people would go to the emergency room after suffering the first one (I mean…hello, he woke up and the left side of his face was sagging, not to mention the severe pain in his head)…what does he do? Waits to see if his “eye goes back in place”, and when it does, he climbs back in bed (doesn’t even wake me up!). Even if he didn’t realize it was a stroke, the symptoms were serious enough to warrant a trip to the ER. Well…he had 4 of those episodes over about five weeks…and it finally scared him enough to go to the doctor (yeah…it took 4…FOUR…episodes to send him to the doctor….talk about stubborn).
Then came the testing. We received the results of most of the tests on our anniversary (I know right…that is a long wait from May to August…but that’s how long it took to get in to see a Neurologist). Rick has been fearing MS all these months, and I’ve been fearing strokes. Good news is he hasn’t had another “episode” since going to the doctor and being placed on blood pressure medication (and several other types). While his BP is still high…it has gone down some.
The MRI is showing signs of Small Vessel Lipohyalinosis, which can cause small cavity lesions, or scars, in the brain, and can lead to strokes. They have not entirely ruled out MS yet, as it can “mimic” other diseases, including small vessel disease. So, this week while he is on a vacation….we are “staycating” and he will undergo a few more MRIs and blood tests. He is also being ordered a sleep study…because if he has Sleep Apnea, that could cause high blood pressure, and like I said, we have to get that under control to prevent any more strokes. We are praying all these new tests come out normal. If they do not, then he will undergo a Spinal Tap and who knows what else.
I am asking all of my readers that believe in prayer….because we are firm believers in the power of prayer…My God is Mighty and He is the Great Physician….I ask that all of you please keep him in your prayers in the coming weeks. Please pray that all tests come back normal, that we can get his blood pressure under control (within normal ranges)…please pray for healing.
I WILL have at least another 50 years with the love of my life.