Sitting in a hospital. The woman I am looking at in the bed in front of me was so full of life not long ago. She now looks so frail. Barely resembles the woman that I have had so much fun with, laughed with, cried with, called my friend. She is quiet. The only noise is that of the machines that are hooked up to her. I am scared and feel like my life is on the brink of a major change. What will life be like if she is no longer here? What will I do? Parts of me are breaking inside? The tears come without warning.
That paragraph was me remembering what it was like that day 20 years ago sitting in St Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL watching my Mom after she had 5 bypasses done on her heart. Her diabetes was starting to take over. Her body was wearing out a piece at a time. She was 55. We didn’t lose her that time, but as of Sunday, it will have been 11 years since we did lose her to the diabetes. After 8 months of dialysis, she fell asleep in her chair and God took her home. They said it was another heart attack. My heart broke that day. It was 6 weeks until my wedding, and I did not know how to move on to the next day even. But my family, especially my big sisters, helped me through.
Let’s now fast forward to yesterday.
Wow! Here I go crying again. I may never get this written.
Yesterday, my oldest sister(53 now), had to have a triple bypass surgery. I walked into her room after her surgery, ready to praise God that my sister was OK. Instead I was stopped dead in my tracks. I was looking at my Mom! All those feelings came rushing back again. I was SCARED! I did give that well deserved Praise later, but in that moment, I was in shock! I am so sick of this horrible disease! I wish I could say that she is now out of the woods. But within a day or two, she also has to have two more toes amputated. The diabetes is taking them too.
Our Dad is suffering from a total personality change and an altered mental state after his kidneys started shutting down a few months ago due to his diabetes, and his potassium skyrocketed. We didn’t physically lose him that day, but MY DAD is not really there anymore. It took “him” away. 😦
Six years ago, in spring of 2008, I was told that I was borderline diabetic, my blood pressure was too high, and my cholesterol was…well…my blood was gravy! And I was pushing 300#! I was still seeing the same doctor who had been my Mom’s doctor. He actually asked me if I planned to follow in her footsteps. By September of that year after a health scare of my own that turned out OK, I started thinking more seriously about doing something about my health. I woke up the day after watching the season premier of Biggest Loser that got me thinking maybe I could do it, and lo and behold, there was my Mom was looking back at me in my mirror. I was built just like her. I had some of the same early health issues that she had. And I was topping it all off with a 12 pack of been and 2 packs of cigarettes a day! I decided right then and there that I was NOT going down that road. And I choose to do something about it. Here it is 5 1/2 years later, and some days are good, and some days are not so good, but I continue to make the same choices to be MY Healthiest Me, EVERY day!
Can it all be fixed by taking better care of your health? I don’t know, but research does show that it greatly improves your chances. Why sit and wait? Take action! Isn’t living a more happy, more productive, more healthy life worth it? In my opinion, from my experience, YES!
PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES!
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MAKE today GREAT!!!