The Temptation to Quote Ray Bradbury is Strong
But I shall resist.
No photo today. I’ve got my hands full.
My mom suffered what they call a “minor stroke” this weekend. She’s still in the hospital. Because she’s in my face 24/7, I recognized her symptoms right away and got her to the hospital within minutes. This is rare for stroke victims. They often don’t have a caregiver to notice the signs, or they chalk up their symptoms to something else. There are meds for stroke patients that can only be effective at the very onset of symptoms, but only a very small percentage of people are eligible for them since they seek treatment so late. My mom was lucky, and she’ll recover. There is a woman in the bed next to mom in the neuro ICU, and she’s only 40 years old. She wasn’t so lucky. Read here to learn more about the signs of stroke. Even if you don’t have an aging loved one in your face, knowing the signs could save someone’s life– even your own.
On top of that, we’re under a blizzard warning due to Hurricane Sandy’s tail wrapping around into our cold air. A foot of snow is headed my way overnight, with wind gusts up to 60 mph. In case you were wondering:
I live in a beautiful mountain area. It’s very rural and we’ve still got gorgeous colored leaves on trees. It may be pretty today, but it will be deadly tomorrow when the weight of snow and ice pulls trees down onto power lines and across back country roads. We generally lose power during a common thunderstorm. I can’t imagine what a blizzard/hurricane will do to us.
I’m having trouble remembering why I stopped drinking.
If you’re on the East Coast, I wish you well. If you’re on the other, I wish you would keep an eye on us and push help our way. It looks like we’re gonna need it.