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Monday, June 09, 2014

Some Kind of Normal

My son came home from the hospital last Wednesday, on my daughter’s birthday. Funny how things work. For those of you who didn’t read my Sunday post here, he had a stroke at the age of 36—will be 37 on the fourth of July. When I arrived at the emergency room, his BP was 200/111.

I wasn’t going to post today because I’m tired, but I read my Bible study today and the scripture given made me even more grateful that I still have my son. Although my son will probably need a lot of therapy to get back to some kind of normal, I am reminded of what a miracle life is. Each day since the stroke, he's gained something: lifting a right leg and then his right arm and out of ‘stroke language’ a few words I understand.
Beside my son’s bed, his friend asked me if I knew why B was recovering so well. He said, "It’s because of all the churches and people in general who are praying." I replied, “I feel B is covered by a blanket of prayer.

I’m reminded of many things in times like these.
Today it's because of the Bible scripture I read, “For this reason I kneel before the Father…..”  Kneeling before God to receive his wonderful love and healing can take many forms: closed eyes, bowed head, literally on your knees, hands held, swelled heart of hope and love, meditation, a prayer. “… I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,…” It still amazes me the strength I draw from “experiencing” God, especially when I think there is no strength to be found in me. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,…(Ephesians 3:14,16,17 NIV).” And I do, nearly always, feel the immeasurable love of the God. And when I don’t feel it—it’s because  I turned away.

I’ll probably reflect one day, by a blog post, how bad my son’s brain bleed was/is, his days in the ER and after. But until then...

  • Millie is growing. Still biting. Learning tricks. Becoming a clown with an attitude. Will post a picture soon.
  • I’ve written a couple more short stories.
  • I’m on edit #two of Body Bags, a short story anthology.

15 comments:

  1. Teresa, I'm sorry! I must've been on vacation when that happened. Thanks be to God he is still with you and recovering. Nothing is more powerful than prayer.

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  2. Wonderful news that your son is home. Continue praying for his recovery. Try and rest, my friend. Take care.

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  3. i am so sorry re: your son. i do hope he can recover completely. (my birthday is july 4th, also, though i'm a bit older). :)

    thank you for stopping in today! blessings to you and yours.

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  4. So glad your son is home. That was such a scare. May Millie grow through her puppy stage into something more sedate. :-)

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  5. Sorry about your son. I also had a hemorrhagic stroke a few years ago. I'll keep him in my thoughts and prayers.

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  6. I'm happy to hear your son is home! My brother in law had a stroke in Jan. and was initially written off by the doctors but my SIL fought hard for him and he improved enough to come home in March. There is always hope! :)

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  7. I'm so sorry. I'm just learning this now. Your son is in my prayers as you are too.

    When Hubby was in the hospital I could feel all of blogland praying. Feel that now.

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  8. Glad he is improving each day, takes a while indeed but things will keep on getting better with all those good vibes coming in

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  9. I'm so sorry this happened, but am so happy to hear he is improving already! Prayers will be said for his complete recovery. You take care, too!

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  10. Dear Teresa .. I'm so pleased your son is home and is improving .. that is the most important thing right now .. his health and improvement. You have wonderful support from friends, the Church and bloggers .. while you will use that nourishment for your son and DIL ... with many thoughts and much love - Hilary

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  11. I'm just now learning of your son's stroke. I'm glad he's home. My prayers are with him, his medical team, all his family, and you. Cherish the small improvements - the big ones will build off those.

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  12. My prayers for you and your son. Hugs.

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  13. So sorry I missed the original post! I hope your son is recovering and building strength by the minute. Sending my thoughts and best wishes. *hugs*

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  14. Thank you so very much for posting my book Dear Anne. How kind of you.
    So sorry to hear of your son's stroke. Praying for his full recovery. God is good and he is covered by blankets of prayers. Plural. You take care of you. Keep writing those delightful twisty stories. Love them! Hugs.

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  15. All things bad work together for the good,we know this through God`s promise.I`m so sorry your son & your family have to go through this.I`m praying for strength for all of you to get through this ,& it takes time,but he is young & strong.Wrapping you & him in prayer,Phyllis

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