Saturday, May 31, 2014

So I had a Stroke

Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us"

I had a seizure. A few pretty bad ones in fact. It's called a grand mal seizure, Google it. Its pretty intense. I had 4 of them.
 
During this process I dislocated both of my shoulders, it was quite painful.

Did I mention I also had a stroke?

That Sunday afternoon I was trying to take a nap, and I was unable to make my Wii remote work. I was getting very frustrated, because I was unable to make the remote function. Unbeknownst to me, I was already having some issues with my brain process. So luckily, I had the common sense to go upstairs to get some assistance from my sister. However, I forget to put pants on before I went to ask for any assistance (sorry Trey).

I remember walking upstairs and smiling at my sister, Mallory. I vaguely remember being in the ambulance, however, I do remember throwing up while I as on it. I remember the nice lady at the hospital. I remembered someone cutting my shirt off.  I asked my mom who did it,  turns out it was my little sister and best friend, who happen to be nurses. I will be forwarding you both my bill for a new shirt ;)

(I had surgery on Tuesday, May 20th. The doctors removed a 6-8 inch blood clot from my brain. The doctor said it was as big around as his pinky finger)

I asked my older sister if she took the time to take a picture of my seizing. She said she was a little preoccupied with keeping me from falling down, chocking, and well vomiting. She did however manage to send me this lovely picture rendition of my seizing episode.


It's all pretty much a blur. I don't remember the trip on the Life Flight helicopter, but here is the picture...



I wasn't supposed to remember being intubated, but I do remember, and it was miserable. I just kept pointing to my mom trying to get her to get the thing out of my throat.

Lots of people came to visit, lots of people I couldn't remember. It was frustrating. I'm still pretty frustrated. Because while this probably all looks great to you, my mom has to proof read everything I write because I'm still having some issues with remembering how to read.

My mom and little sister are pretty much in charge of making sure I take my medicines, because well it's too much for me to keep up with. I have to take a shot in my stomach twice a day, and to be honest it sucks.


I can't drive. I can't work. I go to speech therapy and doctors appointments.

A few weeks ago I was a pretty independent individual. I could pretty much take care of myself. Now my 26 year old self has to be taken care of by my parents.


Here is the thing. Not to be dramatic or whatever, but there are people in my situation who die. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 140,000 people die each year from a stroke in the US alone.

 
I could have died. That stroke could have been it for me. But my story isn't over. There is so much more for me to do and dream and accomplish. My life isn't over. My dreams are not over.

Your story isn't over either. If you have a pulse you have a purpose. Just because you've lost your vision along the way, doesn't mean that you have nothing left to accomplish. God has a plan for you. Don't give up simply because you've made some mistakes along the way. You may not have another chance to accomplish your dreams. Start today.

I'm going to change the world, just you wait and see.

XOXO,
Paigerific


6 comments:

  1. Thank You Paige for being so real and posting this....You are a living testimony of God's sweet love and such an inspiration. Keep on thanking God for each new thing you can do again! A thankful heart is God's love language.
    I am praying for your complete recovery. It would be a great honor to meet you some day. - Lots of love, Aunt Karen (Heather's Aunt !)

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  2. You are a sheer joy! Thank you for sharing your story. Yes ma'am. There have been many of us out here praying for you and your family throughout this journey you've been riding upon. Still praying girl. Press on baby! You and God got this! ~~ Kamante Dickey

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  3. Awe!!!! So glad your doing better!!! I was very surprised when I found out... Praise GOD!!!! I will continue praying for you dear Paige. I love your blogs.Thanks for being you and continuing to NEVER give up!!! love ya xoxo

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  4. You are my HERO. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow. You are already changing people. Keep shining your light.
    Blessings, Rhonda (Hanna's Mother)

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  5. Oh my goodness, I can't help but shed a tear. You are so brave and faithful. God bless you. I believe he will use you for great things, even in your new dependent condition. Hugs and comfort to you.

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  6. God is still in control and you are living proof of a walking miracle! Keep on keeping on Paige...One day, one hour, one minute, one second at a time!!! <>< GOD BLESS YOU!!!

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