Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Support and Love

While in Seattle, Washington I sat in the lobby of the Swiss Medical Center and read their booklet about Aneurysms.

Survivors have a long recovery, some more than others depending on the extent of the "bleed". Many times their emotions will be mixed up when they are recovering. "When you relate something funny, your loved one might cry; when you tell your loved one something serious, he or she may begin laughing." I thought that for some of us that is a good bit of information to know before she returns to us.

Once Millie wakes up and begins what looks like could be lots of work for her and her caregivers, we that love her will need to be prepared for a Millie that could possibly be not so much as we remember her. We need to be ready to love her and accept her new limitations.

Today, I read a story about a lady that had an aneurysm in 2000. She survived. She writes about the struggles she has had while she recovers. She shares her disappointment in doctors and how they look down on their patients. I think these are good to know for people that have someone in their lives struggling with their bodies that are drastically not what they used to be. Read Shirley's story here. at The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

I would love it if Millie woke up one day and smiled her own sweet smile and was raring to get out of that bed. I believe that with God all things are possible, I also know that this world is not our final home and in this world we will have trials and cares. These cares and struggles open our eyes and set our hearts to longing for the world God is preparing for those that love Him. The rupture that Millie has survived most likely will have caused physical problems she will have to work with the rest of her life. May God strengthen her family and friends to be there for her; to help her cope.

An online friend of Millie's and I, Carrie, wrote a touching tribute about Millie. Read it at her blog. Evergreen. Thank you for that Carrie, it is beautiful.

She's been sleeping 21 days.

1 comment:

Kerri said...

No need to thank me, Connie. It was the only way I knew how to let out what was(is) in my heart.