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Life Throws a Curveball

The last post I wrote, low those many weeks ago, lamented that the year is flying by. That is still true, although some aspects of time seem to have ground to a halt. I am, I hope, finally free to mention on here that my DH, Squawkbox, has encountered some health issues. Yes, the big loveable dude has finally had to admit that he is NOT invulnerable, nor is a lack of routine maintenance a really good idea, when it comes to the body human.

He’d been having some strange symptoms, each individually not terrible, but with all his symptoms – headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, some short term memory issues & difficulty concentrating – evaluated from the jaded eye of this former Neuro Nurse had me convinced that something really really REALLY bad was growing inside his head. So, he finally decided that a visit to our family doctor was warranted, about 2 weeks ago. While at the doctor’s office, he admitted that he’s also been having some shortness of breath and other complaints which would fall more in the cardiac issues column. Here’s where the preventive maintenance vs catastrophic failure comparison comes in. He’d not been to the doctor in…. Oh…. I don’t know… so long that they had archived his medical records when they moved to their new office – it must’ve been about the summer of 2000… He’s been a LOT more in the last two weeks. A battery of tests, visits to the cardiologist to get a look-see and line out a plan of attack, and MRI of his head to prove he does indeed have a brain (and that there is nothing else growing in that thick skull)… Imagine my surprise when the call came from Squawk that he’d gone over to Dr #1’s office to pick up lab results for Dr #2, and was told that they got the results of his MRI, which showed that he’s had "a mild stroke!" That actually left many more questions that answers, at least in my mind, but gave us a starting point in the plan of attack.

Priority #1 – GET YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE UNDER CONTROL, MR SQUAWK! And a lot of BP checks, meds, and a little "tweaking" later, it does finally seem to be heading in the right direction. He’s also had a stress test, which stressed out my cardiologist, who agreed that before much of anything else can/should be done, PRIORITY #1 must be acheived. So, Monday, he goes back to the cardiologist for some more non-invasive testing, decide what "this concern with your heart" is, and to formulate some more on the plan of attack, get the BP meds tweaked some more, and so it goes…

Prayers of thanksgiving that there isn’t a tumor inside that precious head have been said, and continue to be said. Prayers that all the effects of the stroke will eventually go away (not that there are many but it’s gotta get frustrating to feel like you are having trouble thinking), and that nothing else serious will be found would be appreciated. Now, I have to pretend that everything is just normal as normal can be, and go to work. High Ho…High Ho… Thank God it is FRIDAY!


March 7, 2008 - Posted by | 14739


  1. Hi folks. Just checking on the big guy and to remind both of you, well wishes are being sent daily and often. Squawk, the LST password you assigned to me applies to you as well – “uncle.” Just say “uncle” and CHILL as you let go, allowing The Master to do HIS work through your doctors.
    Big, squishy hugs to you both.

    Comment by Liz | March 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. I wanted to stop by to say that my prayers continue for a complete healing and that the family life return to normal or whatever you call normal. 😉 May you find time to stop and smell the ROSES.

    Comment by emmekelley | March 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. Wow! will keep you in prayer that all works out well.


    Comment by teri | March 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. Just checking in with both of you too. The prayers are continued. Sounds like he is in good hands, both with his loving partner and his Dr’s.

    Comment by american woman | March 11, 2008 | Reply

  5. A drive by to see how things are going? Isn’t this weather spectacular? A good time to sit outside, relax, and watch nature.

    BSue said:
    They’ve pretty much determined that there is no major heart issues. But Mr Mister is getting very tired of feeling like a science experiment as they try to adjust the combination of medicines to control his blood pressure. SIGH… someday they’ll hit on the right dose in the right combination!
    Thanx for asking

    Comment by american woman | March 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. No major heart issues is a very good thing. Hip Hip Hoorah. I know it’s a trying time, getting the right mix of things to make Squawk feel good again. Once they get it right, he’ll be a knew man…… maybe grouchy, but a new man! hehe

    Comment by american woman | March 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. A hard head and soft heart are not a bad thing, self destruction is a bad thing. Buck Owens checked himself out of the Cardio-ward saying he was not a patient but a science project; I miss Buck.

    I too understand the feeling, get over it, it took better than six months for my doc to get the combination adjusted; people who say, usually with condescension, ‘my doc gives me one pill and I am fine’, are either lucky, blessed, or have a mediocre doc. Read up on BP, it is very complex and can, if not corrected with care, screw up other things.
    …oh yeah, things go better without nicotine, just sayin’…
    squawk, hang in there and get well, there are a lot of prayers going up you have to do your part.

    You are blessed having bSue and God on your side.

    bSue, he said he didn’t like to talk about himself and that’s understandable, you can come and tattle on him when he’s not looking.

    BSue said:
    We both appreciate the prayers. He does understand about the tweaking of the meds, because he went through it with me several years ago, and I understand about squealing on him. The consequences of both might be unpleasant ;0}
    Thanx again!
    Have a blessed Easter
    BSue (and Squawk)

    Comment by NAT PIERCE | March 20, 2008 | Reply

  8. Just dropping by to check in, see how ya’all are. Hope Easter was ” hoppy” for you. hehe. Kiddo came home from her trip to the Czech republic with awesome pictures and great memories. It counted as two classes, so all is good for our plan for her to graduate in August. wheeeee

    Comment by american woman | March 26, 2008 | Reply

  9. I met Big Jolly, Hamous, Tedtam, Raiderdav, and Duhmoose at the district senate meeting yesterday. It was great to put faces to names. Last night at a gathering I met Daniel James. So, I proclaim, one of these days, when things have settled down, ya’all need to come to a get-together!

    Comment by american woman | March 30, 2008 | Reply

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