Back several weeks ago, in July, we were getting ready for our family reunion, enjoying walks like the one in my last post, and having a great summer. And then the husband had a stroke, a cerebral vascular hemorrhage (CVA). He has survived but our lives have changed, a lot.
Since then, most of what I’ve written has gone in a separate blog, one that tells the story of our experience since his diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia. I won’t tell it again here, but in summary, we now have first hand knowledge of ICU’s, ventilators, tracheostomies, feeding tubes, and several other things that the husband never wanted to know about.
This is the first day in five weeks that I’ve been home all day. Dennis is in a rehab hospital now, a really good place, and making progress slowly. I felt he would be okay if I didn’t see him every day. The hospital is in Duluth, 90 miles away, and I’ve grown a little weary of the drive. I’m often in the car eating things I shouldn’t eat, just to stay awake – a bag of popcorn can last nearly 70 miles if I don’t spill too much of it.
Although I have wonderful support from friends and family, these changes leave me feeling physically alone quite often. Fortunately, I am spiritually befriended. God is such a friend. Jesus is such a friend. I took a walk this evening, kind of like the one in my last post, on the wetlands trail and saw evidence of my friends. It was almost like things were being pointed out, to look at, to talk about and enjoy. And I took pictures, of course.
It’s September now. August was surreal, hard, and so different from anything we have known. We have yet to find out what our new normal will be. But it’s coming, and it will be okay.
11 thoughts on “Northwoods Journal: Changes”
Shirley, I had no idea of the changes you have encountered in recent months. I am grateful that both you and Dennis are in good Hands. Much love to you!
Thank you, friend.
So very sorry to hear about your new life with so many changes. Sending Gods love and prayers to guide you and hold you in His loving arms.
Thank you so much – no better gift.
Dear Shirley, I just saw your blog last night. Jack and I are praying for Dennis and for you: much grace, comfort, healing and favor among men and God during this challenging time. Strength and endurance in Jesus name. Love in Christ, Tera (and Jack)
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Thanks Tera. I know your prayers are heard and are being answered. God is so good.
Keeping you and Dennis in my thoughts and prayers. Love you both.
Wish you both the best.
Thank you for the kindness.
Thank you for the update on you and Dennis, Shirley. Continued prayers for both of you. ❤️ Mar
I added the link to the blog with details on Dennis’s hospitalization – http://www.shirley smith dietz.com