Holly is undergoing further tests. Following a cerebral angiogram, she experienced some difficulty coming out of sedation. They have determined that she had a "dissection stroke," meaning that the artery leading to her brain in one side of her neck had "split" or "branched" allowing a blot clot to form in the dissected area which ultimately broke free and caused the stroke. The same artery on the other side of her neck is also dissected. It has calcified, which means that she has previously had some sort of resulting incident but apparently was unaware of it. The big questions now are what caused the dissections and what to do about them. In addition, the doctors discovered that her hemoglobin level is too low. She still does not have all of her other test results. She still has double vision and will saw a specialist for that today.
My 21-year-old nephew, Trenton, has been having heart issues (vasospasms) for the last six months or so. The current belief is that he had a virus which settled into his heart, causing immflamation. Consequently, he expereinces pain and some heart attack symptoms. He has been wearing a heart monitor 24/7 for the last two weeks and will see a new cardiologist today.
The father of my precious friend, Robyn, is undergoing chemotherapy for melanoma. He is tolerating it fairly well, though it has caused some sores to appear. In addition, Robyn's mother is experiencing some heart issues. And did I mention that Robyn is recovering from pneumonia? Yes, talk about being slammed!
My dear friend, MaryKay Huck, lost her mother on the 8th. MaryKay's parents had celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary just two days earlier.
Yesterday I was chatting with a woman who owns a local store that we frequent. Last week, her 27-year-old nephew died unexpectedly while playing basketball. Her sister is having a difficult time as expected. The whole family simply cannot comprehend the death of a child and they have no idea what to say or do. I briefly shared Kyle's death with her and was able to talk about things that helped us and things that didn't. My heart is just breaking for this family...
One last reqest. Our friend, Carol Ferreira, lost her battle with ALS last Friday.
Please pray for all of these families, as this will be a difficult Christmas for them. I wish I could personally hug each one of them. But I am sure that they will feel your prayers from afar.
Now that I have totally bummed you out and made you think that visiting my blog is not for the faint of heart, here is some Christmas cheer to make you smile again.
I'll leave you with that for today. Off to do some more Christmas preps!