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Old 11-14-2009, 05:38 AM   #1
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My Status --- Mary Kay

Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers. We are always reminded that the MOC is more like a family than just another forum.

I arrived home last night from San Jose thanks to my brother and brother in law. Just to set the record straight I had two mini strokes called TIAs. Nothing in any of the tests showed blockage or bleeding. They did discover I had one artery in the back of my neck smaller than normal. They believe this has been with me since birth. The probable cause is unregulated blood pressure and stress.

I was lucky that my daughter immediately called 911 when I started talking with slurred speech. They arrived immediately and took me to ER. After an MRI of the brain they decided to send me home since it was negative. While getting dressed I had another mini stroke. They immediately admited me for overnight observation.

As a "Caretaker" this has been a real wake up to me. Not only taking of my DH but as he sometimes says....... Trying to take care of the whole world! I don't want to try to explain all my caretaking activities in the days leading up to the mini strokes! Needless to say I was trying to do too much!

Thank you all so much for your posts of concern.

Mary Kay
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:53 AM   #2
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Welcome home, Mary Kay. It is great to see that you are doing much better.
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:58 AM   #3
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God Bless you Mary Kay,It's so good to hear you're home and well.
Don't worry about others right now,you take care of yourself and rest.
Terry and I will see you and Dennis up in Texas in March.
Jack and Terry
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:08 AM   #4
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Glad you made it home and all you had were "warnings". Now it's time to heed them.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:24 AM   #5
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Time to start "Caretaking" of yourself! Glad things are working out and you're feeling better.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:35 AM   #6
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Glad you are home, yes, us caretaker types MUST learn to care for # 1 FIRST, otherwise, we simply cannot care for the others we love.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:06 AM   #7
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So glad to hear that you are home now. Be sure and follow up with a doctor in you area. Caretakers are not indestructible.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:29 AM   #8
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Glad you are home and take care of yourself. Set your throttle to max of 3/4 instead of darn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.
Take care.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:47 AM   #9
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It is time to sit back, enjoy the scenery, and enjoy life. There are other caretakers in the world that will take up your call of duty. Enjoy the family. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Live.

My mother is 86 and several years ago had several TIA's. She is fine today. She has slowed down, but more to age than the TIA's.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:47 AM   #10
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Mary Kay, so glad you are home - TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!! (ha easy for me to say...........)

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Old 11-14-2009, 12:13 PM   #11
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We're so thankful that you have been warned Mary Kay.. Many people have TIA's and ignore them, never even knowing what hit them until the big one arrives. Now that you know, please heed the Doctors and get that BP in order. We all want you around for many more years.

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Old 11-14-2009, 03:00 PM   #12
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Glad you are home and hope you are putting together a program for self care. Keeping you in our thoughts... maybe it is time to get out on the road?!
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:54 PM   #13
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Mary Kay, welcome home. We are glad that you are doing well. Now take it easy and rest up.
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:08 PM   #14
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Mary Kay, we are glad to hear that you are doing well after these scary events. Please do take care of yourself and get some much needed relaxation.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:28 PM   #15
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Mary Kay, sounds like it is time to adjust the cruise control to a little slower speed. Glad things are looking better.

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Old 11-15-2009, 03:44 AM   #16
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Mary Kay
It is so good to hear you are home. Stress can do horrible things to us. It was a big issue in my heart attack. So now you have a "warning" and I hope you will kick back and enjoy life!
Happy trails................................
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:06 AM   #17
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Mary Kay - Glad to hear you are home. Can only echo what others have said - slow down and take care of yourself and Dennis first. You and Dennnis continue to be in our prayers.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:06 AM   #18
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Please put yourself first as much as possible. Glad you are home safe and sound.
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Old 11-15-2009, 06:11 AM   #19
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Mary Kay, so glad to hear you're home, and we hope it stays that way. Take care, now, not just give.

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Old 11-15-2009, 10:03 AM   #20
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Mary Kay, we also are glad to hear you are home and doing much better. As others have said, heed your warnings and take good care of yourself. Remember, we are close by and would be there quickly if we can do anything for you. Talk to you soon.
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