Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nathlie's Stroke

Wow!!  What a couple of crazy days.  As you can see from the jogging pictures, Nathlie was ready to run a marathon a few days ago, well I had to leave town on Monday and flew to Austin TX.  I called her when I landed and she was perfectly fine.  She called me back 15 minutes later talking like she was handicapped or something.  I said (in my sweet voice) "What are you doing?!!"  She said " I can't talk"  I then said (in my sweeter voice) "Are you messin with me?!!!" and she said (or tried to say) "NO, I CANT  TALK".  So I called the neighbors and had them take her to the emergency room and I went and bought a ticket home.  It was like musical chairs.  I walked out of the terminal and picked up my luggage, and walked over and bought a ticket home and went back in the terminal and got on a plane for Boise.  To make a long story short, it turns out that she had a mild stroke which is affecting her speech.  The doctors don't know why or what caused it, but have run every test they can to rule out everything else.  It could be as simple as she has to take a baby aspirin every day for the rest of her life and hopefully it will never happen again.

It does make for some good material.  I at least get a word in every now and then.  It actually puts us on the same playing field.  Now I can keep up with the conversation.  

Really though, it was scary and I felt so helpless being 2,000 miles away and not being able to do anything.  I am so thankful for good neighbors and family around us that were able to help and keep everything going until I could get home.  

We thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and Nathlie should be back to normal within a week or two.  Here are a few pictures that I took in the hospital.  As you can see it took her a few frames to put her hand in front of her face so I couldn't take her picture, but she is coming right along and we look forward to her normal self soon.