Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Have you ever had a feeling that something bad is going to happen?  Like a giant shoe is hovering over, waiting to come down and squash you like a bug.  I have had that feeling for a while now.

My giant hovering shoe is the very real possibility of having a stroke.
  • I have been having short bursts of a-fib and am back on beta-blockers.  I see my cardiologist on Monday.  Did you know that 1 in 6 strokes are caused by a-fib?  And an a-fib stroke is more likely to be the severely debilitating kind.
  • I have high blood pressure.  High blood pressure increases your stroke risk.
  • I have high cholesterol.  High cholesterol increases your stroke risk.
  • I have a HUGE family history of stroke.  Family history of strokes increases your stroke risk.
  • I am overweight.  Being overweight increases your stroke risk.
  • I have a history of blood clots.  Blood clot = stroke.
So as you can see, my fear is not unwarranted.  Stroke is a very real possibility.  And after seeing my Mom waste away lying in a nursing home for 2 years following a stroke, I know a stroke is not how I want to go out.

Allof this has had me in quite a funk lately.  Plus beta-blockers make me feel bad which adds to the funk.

So I would appreciate prayers..good vibes..light..whatever you have.  Thank you, my friends!


Lisa said...

praying & sending the vibes in a BIG way!!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, sending you prayers and BIG hearty hugs!! You need to take care of YOU the best you can!!!

Tammy said...

Oh man!! I'm sending all the extra healing thoughts and prayers I can spare! Be good to yourself!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I am so sorry, Woody... My love and prayers are with you... The good news for you is that you are under a doctor's care --and that is GOOD.... Hang in there!!!!

Prayers and HUGS for YOU,

Nelson's Mama said...

Prayers, good vibes, postive karma and all of that other stuff!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I have definitely had that looming feeling before - not pleasant. I'm sorry you are feeling something ominous. Hope that it's definitely nothing!

George said...

I can understand why you've been in a funk about this. We will definitely keep you in our prayers.

Desert Survivor said...

Praying for you! Start thinking about some vacation destinations and how they will make you feel. Or look at some of your vacation photos. Maybe that will help your blood pressure a little. Hugs!!

p.s. You are welcome to come visit me out in the desert--it can be quite relaxing!

Mental P Mama said...

Oh my friend...sending you hugs and prayers. My own wake up call has me changing a lot of things around here. I may be down there soon to visit you! For good.

Snooty Primadona said...

I am constantly amazed at the similarities between your life & mine. I'm forever scared that I'm going to die from a widow maker heart attack, just like my grandad and my dad. I try to be good & take care of myself but as we all know, that isn't always enough.

Please take care of you because we still need to meet in person or my life will never be complete. Got that?

I've been in a terrible funk lately too & the hubby hasn't been handling it well at all. Gah. Just hold me & stroke my hair or something. Is that too much to ask? Well, yes, for some people it is too much to ask. So, I have to try & heal my emotional self, if that's even possible....

Julie Gross said...

Praying for you: peace, grace and healing!