Yesterday was a scary day for me.
For my work, I spend the day at a desk working on a computer. At about 11 AM, a sudden, sharp pain hit behind my right eye. Within moments, I was struggling to sit upright and laid myself on the floor of my office. Thankfully, my husband works with me and happened to be in the next office talking with my boss. They helped get me to the car in a wheelchair we keep at the office, just in case it is ever needed.
While I have a history of migraines, this was the first time I ever had a migraine come on in the middle of the day and never behind an eye. I couldn’t stand on my own or even get up. I struggled to form words. With so many unusual things happening, my husband took me to Urgent Care who almost immediately sent me on to the emergency room.
It was was surreal hearing the medics talking about a stroke or a brain bleed. As my husband and I discussed later, stroke was not even something we had considered.
After several hours in the ER and a CT Scan, it was determined that – thankfully – it really was just a nasty migraine. I am so thankful to all of my family and friends who were praying for me. I am also extremely thankful to the amazing medical staff at the hospital near my work.
There are two things I would like to share coming out of this experience.
The first is, would you recognize the signs of a stroke? We didn’t. My instructions leaving the hospital said to call emergency services if…
“…You have signs of a stroke. These may include:
– Sudden numbness, paralysis, or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of you body.
– Sudden vision changes.
– Sudden trouble speaking.
– Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
– Sudden problems with walking or balance.
– A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.”
The second thing I want to share is the song that continued in my head through-out this experience. This song was a reminder of my God – my Way Maker, my Promise Keeper, my Miracle Worker, my Light in the Darkness. He never left my side.
You are Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper. Light in the darkness, my God. That is who You are.
Even when I don’t see it, You’re working. Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working. You never stop, You never stop working. You never stop, You never stop working.
My God, that is who you are! Mi Dios, así eres tú!