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Heaven-Sent Meatloaf.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, May 05, 2012

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A woman who had just gotten home from being in the hospital is being pampered by friends and family who are so glad to have her back home.

Image of yours truly in hospital (c) 2012, by Karla Dorman (so glad I'm past that!! :D).

Today was a rather memorable day, one that I'll probably remember for quite some time.  Actually, the last few days have been special; I am still pinching myself, to see if all of this is a dream ...

I have only been home from the hospital for a few days, but already I feel so much better.  Friends from church have stopped by, bringing gifts and get-well wishes and cards, and family have offered to take care of any unpaid bills or phone calls, just so I can get some needed rest.

In fact, just a little bit ago, some friends from church stopped by to bring me a home-cooked meal of meatloaf, topped with home-made mashed potatoes (gravy optional), a garden salad (lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers), home-made rolls, and, for dessert, pecan pie.  It is to die for: it tastes as if angels themselves cooked it!!

I was in the hospital for five days after a very high blood pressure: it registered 240/175.  Stroke category.  I was taking my blood pressure medications, but then I'd run into some unexpected bills and didn't refill my prescription (and didn't bother telling my husband because I didn't want him to worry).  Well, on Monday, I was at the store, and I suffered a sudden seizure.  I was rushed to the hospital and was found to have a very high blood pressure reading, so they admitted me and checked me from stem to stern (amazingly, my kidneys and heart checked out fine!) and now I'm on stronger B/P meds and have been warned by the good doctor to "stay on them ... or ELSE".

I have been taking them religiously.  I have been a good girl.  Yet I don't like how the one in the morning (Coreg, or Carvedilol) makes me feel: it makes me dizzy and so I've had to lie down and sleep for an hour or two; then, when I wake up, I feel like an overdrugged zombie.  I also take a Losinopril (another blood pressure medication) in the afternoon, and that one doesn't seem as strong as the one in the morning.  I also take a pill for my cholesterol; in fact, it was my cholesterol that caused this whole mess in the first place.

Lesson learned.  The hard way.  If I had just told my husband I needed help paying my prescription and took my pills like I was supposed to, none of this would have happened.  I am feeling rather repentant this day and have promised my doctor that this will never happen again.  I also pledged this to my husband and my family.  I could have very easily had a stroke (or a heart attack); I could have easily died, but I thank God I didn't; I thank God that I am still here to tell you my tale.

I still feel a little weak and have bruises all over my arms (from tests and needle pokes), but I know I will feel better in time.  I just have to take it slow and easy and follow my doctor's instructions (or he would probably wring my fool neck! LOL).  I am just grateful that I have friends and family who care enough to make this sick person's day just a little bit brighter!  And having the meal like I just did certainly has helped my hunger: anything is better than that nasty hospital food! 

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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 5/8/2012
I guess it all comes down to, if I don't take care of myself, who will? I guess that she learned the hard, though, fortunately, not the deadly way.
Your friend in Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/5/2012
Great story, well done, thank you for sharing
In Christ's Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/5/2012
Lesson learned, from this character ... and from YOU. :) Well done, Karen!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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