Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
I have missed writing so much … it’s like I’ve held my breath for a long time. By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee #writing
I haven’t been around for sometime … yet I have been around the whole time. How is that? I’ve been living real life … and it’s been too real … you know how it is when it seems all keeps going badly … and all you want is for it to all be alright again.
Since the middle of June my prayers have been coming true. Skip and I have gotten on an even keel. Skip was deathly sick many times since January of this year until June when he began to get better, become stronger … and today (August 14, 2016) is doing fine. I’m so, so thankful. Three times I was told he almost died and it was good that I got him to the hospital in time.
If you kept up with my last posts which are several months ago … and my Facebook where I kept everyone updated daily (you can come friend me at Facebook.com/grannygee if you want) … Skip’s health took a turn for the worse in January 2016.
He had a stroke … his heart rate dropped so low that he needed a pacemaker, 2 stents in his heart. He went into congestive heart failure 3 times. Skip suffered kidney failure, had stents in his ureter, had surgery. He was placed on a blood thinner … he had 3 life-threatening nosebleeds … who knew one’s nose could bleed so badly! He had to be hospitalized, given 2 pints of blood. He had a heart catherization … and almost bled to death when they pulled the sheath out … he could have bled out in 7 minutes. It took 2 nurses ‘digging their fists’ into his thigh to put pressure on it for 30 minutes to stop the bleeding … they had to give Skip morphine while doing it … the pain was awful. After 30 minutes, they placed a contraption on his thigh to put pressure on for another hour.
Skip suffered so much during those 6 months … that it’s like a whirlwind trying to remember it all. When he wasn’t in the hospital we were going to his many appointments. On top of it all I was going to my appointments, had surgery. I was running back, forwards to the hospital 80 round trip each day. I never went to bed to rest from my own surgery … in fact, I was so afraid for Skip that I was going to the hospital, walking long distances to get to his room … I didn’t focus on the pain and how I felt, I didn’t have time. Skip and our Pups were my priority.
This moment as I think back … I can’t believe how much went on and how it never stopped. I didn’t have any family … any money. I began panicking about how I would be able to afford gas to go 80 miles every day to the hospital …. I needed tires for the pickup, and an oil change. I needed dog food, I needed everything. I turned to my Facebook friends and asked them for help. I was so amazed, so thankful … everyone began helping me. I was grateful … no amount of words could express how I felt.
We made it through all those bad times. Now … we are making it on a limited income … no extras, no frills. That’s okay … Skip is doing good and for about 7-8 weeks … Skip has been on an even keel doing well. I am so thankful!
We had many, many prayers sent our way … I don’t know about you … but that means the world to me. I am a believer of prayers and miracles … I know what I’ve seen … experienced in this life of mine. I know wonderful, strange things happen in mysterious ways when we least expect it. I believe in God.
Skip is wanting to go back to work soon. He won’t be driving long-distanced anymore … we want him to work locally in sales, or driving locally.
I will be writing once again … I have been wanting to write for some time. I didn’t have time to sit, organize my thoughts. Now … I’m back. I’m so glad to see you!
Note by this author:
I am so glad to be back writing. I’ve missed it with my Heart. My whole world was upside down … in the past weeks it seems to have settled back down. I was on a roller coaster and couldn’t get off. I held on until it stopped. I’m so thankful Skip is on even keel. I’m so thankful for Skip, our Pups … they are all I’ve got. They are my whole world.