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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In the Blink of an Eye

I have always known that life can change in the blink of an eye, we all know that, but what do we do when life literally changes in the blink of an eye?

On November 20 of last year I blinked in a big way.

I  remember so little....Sunday night we came home from the airport with our oldest daughter who had just come in from Texas for Thanksgiving week. Everyone went to bed except me. I love being alone when it is quiet and I can read, think or just watch TV. About 10 I went to bed and immediately experienced the sharpest pain in my chest, unlike anything I have ever felt. I jumped up and thought I could "walk it off". I got as far as the den and couldn't walk any further. I literally crawled back into my bedroom and woke up my husband. I was terrified and I know I terrified him. The first thing we did was have a prayer, then he called our good friend Karla, who is an emergency room nurse. She came right over and it only took her a moment to see I needed to be in the hospital. It is so foggy from there on.....I remember the firefighters coming because they were not happy to be there and made me walk to the gurney (no worries, Karma has dealt with them) But that is the end of my memories until Tuesday afternoon. I was unconscious for about 36 hours.

When I woke up I was surrounded by my family. I remember how happy they all were. Huge smiles on their faces and each one hugged me and told me how grateful they were.
Raymond was right next to me holding my hand, Trey and Heidi were there..But that was confusing because they were supposed to be in Italy on their honeymoon. I saw Ashleigh, Mikey, Emma and Kacy, everyone was there. Then my confusion turned to reality. I couldn't move very much, and from all the tubes, machines and pain I assumed there had been an operation so I checked for an incision. I looked like an autopsy.

What happened to me?





One of my doctors walked in the room and introduced herself to me. She said "you had an acute aortic dissection, which means your aorta had a tear in it and you were bleeding internally, if the surgeon had not repaired it when he did you would have died. In fact most people die from this, you are our Thanksgiving miracle."

She said died...she said you would have died. I immediately discounted the word miracle and focused on "died".  And then I had to let it go....too much for right now. Reality was pretty basic at this point when the nurse asked me what my pain level was from 1 to 10..... I held up all 10 fingers.

My change of heart was beginning.

Part 2 to follow...















27 comments:

  1. Wow, Donna...so grateful you are ere and able to write about it...and what was up with the firefighters...

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    1. I will try and write about the firefighters with humor...it was an interesting part of the story

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  2. This is getting interesting.

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    1. My darling Bret...what a great friend to take the time to talk to me after I got home. it brings new meaning to bless your heart which I mean with all my heart.

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  3. Bless your heart. Keep writing. You've been given another chance to share your joy and wisdom. And, don't scare us like that again!

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    1. The miracle of timing.....and I appreciate how you make sure to always bless my heart....thank you

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  4. We are so grateful for your miracle. Do I need to send your fireman nephew out there to teach those guys a few things? I'm certain he would be happy to set them straight!!! We love you, sister. (Sandee)

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    1. Yes I think I would have enjoyed having him here. that part of the story is very small, and we have tried to make it very funny

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  5. Love you to pieces and so glad you are here
    Carol

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    1. thank you, it has taken a while to start writing about this...such an odd occurrence

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  6. Thank you for posting, Donna. I've been thinking about you so much. I'm interested in the details of your experience. xoxoxo

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  7. Oh. My. Goodness. Thank you for sharing! Your bravery, your pain, your sharing, and your life are such an inspiration to me. Shame, shame on those EMTs. When I had a patient that I did not connect with, I told myself that I needed to be compassionate for only 10 minutes, they had to live with their pain and their disease! A blessing on your house.

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    1. Thank you for that blessing! I wish you had been riding with the firemen....another story for another time

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  8. Wow. I know this is what took John Ritter and maybe Alan Thicke. Oh, Donna, so glad you got help and fast. I'm sure your family is so grateful. Thanks for sharing. I think this is an important story.

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    1. When Alan Thicke died - and according to the news it was the same - I finally began to realize what had happened to me. It was very sobering indeed,

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  9. Oh that is so so so scary! I am so terrified of heart issues. You are so lucky, and I know your loved ones are so happy you are here!

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    1. the one thing that concerned me most was how much I frightened my family...I love them all so much.

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  10. Love that your survived my dear friend. You have and will continue to inspire me.

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    1. and you continue to inspire me...thank you

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  11. You certainly had an angel on your shoulder and everyone is so glad you survived. And now you'll thrive! Blessings to you, Cathy

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    1. I love that sentiment that now I will thrive...thank you

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  12. What a beautiful way to write about one of the scariest things you must have experienced. Thank you for sharing with us. I'm glad you're okay.

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    1. I am so glad you came by to read it....it has been life altering...

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  13. Oh. My. Goodness. Can't wait to read the rest . . .

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with all of us. I'm so glad that everything turned out okay for you.

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  15. Wow, just read this, so happy you're still with us. Where's part 2 and how are you now?

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