Sunday morning started out like any other Sunday at home. Dogs were fed, the garden was watered and off to church we went. But by 4:00 in the afternoon our lives started to rock ‘n’ roll and hell broke loose on the homestead…
Hell Broke Loose On The Homestead
After church, we normally like to go and get a bite to eat before we make the long trek home. So this last Sunday was like every other Sunday, just like clockwork. We were anxious to get back to the homestead to start on some projects that needed to get done.
I immediately went out to the garden to get some watering and weeding done. It wasn’t long and I heard John calling me. As I was walking into the house I noticed something was wrong, John was staggering like a drunk and his speech was off, he was slurring his words. If I didn’t know my husband better I would have thought he had too many beers. But John doesn’t drink. OH NO!!
Within some time with good advice from our wonderful neighbor we were off to the ER in Springfield, MO. This had become a very much unexpected Sunday afternoon.
Confusion & Chaos
John and I live a pretty quiet life, we have days of being unsettled but on the norm, we are easy going and flexible to whatever situation arises. In an emergency crisis situation, people tend to be on their toes. On that Sunday afternoon, we found ourselves in that kind of arena – experiencing confusion and chaos.We really take our hats off to
those working in the emergency room at the hospital we went to. Within the confusion and chaos that was going on around us, we were treated and cared for by the best of the best in their field. They tried to keep calm and in control but I could see the frustration and concern on their faces as they tried to get the readings on John’s blood pressure. Here is what I was hearing:
- this blood pressure cuff is too small
- this blood pressure cuff is not working right
- let’s take John’s blood pressure manually
There is no reading for blood pressure when the systolic number is over 300. These young concerned RN’s were baffled and not quite sure what to do at this point. Confusion and chaos had settled into our ER room that evening.
With what seemed like an eternity to us, the evening turned into morning and things were beginning to quiet down. I decided to head on back to the homestead to see how all were faring. There, I found peace and comfort.
The Next Day/The Diagnosis
Having a good deep two-hour sleep I made my way back up the hospital. John had been transferred from ER to ICU where they could monitor his blood pressure on a 15-minute strict schedule. At this point, we still didn’t know what had hit John that dreadful Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t until later that afternoon that the Neurologist came in to examine him we got the word that he had had a sizable stroke. His right side was not working very well, but we were told with rehab and time and determination it will get better.
A Little Help Goes A Long Way
Family, neighbors & friends have been the best encouragement to John and myself – there is nothing better in life than to know those who are the closest stand the strongest when we are weak. Thank you to all of you who love us and have been such a blessing to us. A little help goes a long way.
Kara, our sweet daughter, left Sacramento early Tuesday morning and arrived here in MO by 8:00 pm. Having her support, love, and help was an amazing comfort. She has made her Papa laugh and laugh and laugh these last few days. “A happy heart is like a good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22 NCV. Another version says, “ A happy heart is a good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing” Proverbs 17:22 AMP.
A Little More Than One Week Has Passed
As I write this blog and publish the video, a little more than a week has passed since the day Hell Broke Loose On The Homestead. John transitioned out of ICU into a private room in the Stroke Center. We have good news that he can move one toe on his right side and his thumb on the right side moves a little bit too. It’s very slight but very huge in the process of recovery. On the homestead, we call that “yeah God, and Yippee-do” we are blessed!
The Next Step For John’s Recovery Will Be Rehab
The next step for John’s recovery will be rehab. His blood pressure is regulated now, he will be transferred to a rehab facility in Branson MO any day. That will be a whole lot better for me because I can visit with him every day after work and be so much closer to the homestead. We both would like to invite you to pray with us for a 110% recovery for John. We understand it will be a slow process, so we have both put on lots of PATIENCE, and are believing by next summer this will all be a memory that we can look back to and remember with thanks giving to God for His grace,
thanks giving to our family, neighbors, and friends for their grace in our time of need. I have no doubt that John will be back in the saddle and stronger than ever.
Thank you for all your love and support, we consider you subscribers our closest and strongest family and friends.
We bless you. John and I would love to hear from you. You can comment down below in the comment section or you can send us an e-mail to the homestead, firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you updated as time goes on.
Always remember – Love God, Love People, Impact Lives
John & Lisa in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Missouri