Sunday, June 17

Yet Another Hospital Visit

Remember last week when I said "when it rains, it pours?" Little did I know, the week would only get worse.  

On Friday morning, I woke up to a panicked call from my Mamaw saying that Pawpaw was in the hospital. He had gone to the ER in the middle of the night and left a note that he was okay and didn't want her to worry. Between me, my mom, and Mamaw, I'm the only one that can drive right now so I picked up Mamaw and we headed to the hospital. We were having a chair delivered to our house that day so my mom had to stay there until it came, which ended up being a good thing since she wouldn't have had the energy to stay at the hospital all day.

We found out that Pawpaw had a mini stroke, which means he had the symptoms of a stroke but they are only temporary. By the time we saw him, he was pretty much back to normal, which was a huge relief. The problem is, a mini stroke, or TIA (transient ischemic attack), is usually a warning that a true stroke is coming, especially in the next 72 hours. 

Later in the afternoon, I went back to get my mom and pack a bag for Pawpaw's overnight stay. Our hospital is gigantic and requires a ton of walking to get to the room, and my mom ended up getting sick from the walk, so when we left, I wheel-chaired both my mom and Mamaw, one at a time, down to the car. At least I'm getting some exercise while I'm here :)

The other big shock was that during all of the tests they ran on Pawpaw, they found a nodule on his thyroid. As y'all know, my mom is going through thyroid cancer treatment right now so finding this out really felt like a kick in the stomach to all of us.

I feel ridiculous and, honestly, embarrassed to be asking y'all again for prayers. I realize that this blog has been so down and depressing lately, but it is a blog about my life, and well, that's been my life for the past few weeks. I shouldn't say that- we have actually managed to have some fun, too! 

If you aren't sick and tired of hearing me complain (I don't blame you if you are), I would love for y'all to keep the prayers coming. My mom is doing better than we expected right now and I absolutely believe it's a God thing. So many people are lifting her up in prayer and we can feel it. During all of this chaos, I sometimes felt like falling apart and just losing it, but I had an overwhelming sense of peace when I needed it most. Plus, I was the driver/bag packer/cook/wheelchair-pusher so I really had no choice but to stay sane :)


Alex Byer said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh love I am SO sorry to hear this! I'll keep your family in my thoughts during this hard time. <3

Sarah @ 90 Percent Blonde... said... Best Blogger Tips

Lots and lots of prayers are headed your way!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Don't apoligize for the things happening in your life... I felt the same way when Lily was sick...It was pretty much consuming my blog! Things will get better!!

Sending lots of positivity, prayers and strength your way!

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

Don't apologize for asking for prayers!! It's definitely not's smart to face any problems with prayers and the Lord! I'm so sorry that the devil is attacking y'all right now. Love you, friend!

Myra said... Best Blogger Tips

Like the other ladies said, don't be embarrassed or feel silly asking for prayers! That's what all of us are here for. Praying for your strength through this time & sending lots of prayers for speedy recoveries for everyone in your family.

Legally Lovely said... Best Blogger Tips

There's never any harm in asking for prayers! I'm glad to find some way to help out and will certainly keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure everyone is happy to have you there; you seem like you're holding things together! Praying for patience and fast recoveries. Love you!

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

You're such an incredible person, Julie! You've been so strong through this chaos and I know your family appreciates it! Keep your chin up because it will get better! I'm thinking about you and your entire family. Love you!

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

You shouldn't ever feel bad about asking for more prayers! I'm sorry you are going through such a hard time right now Julie!

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips

Don't ever feel bad asking for more prayers! You and your family are definitely in mine.

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

oh girl! never be sorry for asking for more prayers!!!

and just as a little side-note, my grandma had a TIA almost 4 1/2 years ago & is doing great! hopefully your grandpa recovers very quickly!

prayers for you all!

Ashley Slater said... Best Blogger Tips

just praying for you guys------ you are being such a huge blessing to your family right now julie ;) love you!

Amanda C. said... Best Blogger Tips

Never feel bad to ask for prayers, sending lot of them your way.

Blue Dog Belle said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Julie, I'm so sorry to hear that! I hope everything turns out alright!!! I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts!

xoxo, Emily

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Don't feel ridiculous asking for more prayers...we are all here to pray for your family and help support you in whatever way we can!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Girl, don't ever feel bad about asking for prayers! Isn't that what community is about? Definitely praying for your sweet family...and so thankful that God does hear :)

Mae said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh man. You are all SO STRONG. Love you. We are thinking and praying for you. ALWAYS ask for prayers. NEVER feel like you're complaining. WE LOVE YOU!!! KEEP US POSTED!!! PRAYING!

Ruth said... Best Blogger Tips

You shouldn't feel embarrassed to ask us to pray for your family. I hope all is well. the IIAs are scary but sometimes it is a long time before one they think my grandmother had one or two at least 3 years before her first stroke which was very mild one at that. The worst thing was she fell and broke her ankle because of it.

Linnea said... Best Blogger Tips

Stay strong girl! I'll be praying for you and your family.

Anna said... Best Blogger Tips

I am just catching up on your blog posts. I'm so sorry that you are going through all this. I'll definitely keep you and your family in my prayers!


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