Well, THAT was interesting…

I’m just saying, 2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year.

I had a lot of fun things planned for last week. A giveaway. Dinner with worship leaders from my church. A post about the inner lives of artists. Spending some time with my friend Kimmy to put together the new bead mixes I’ll be adding to my shop soon. Finishing up a new fusing project

Instead, my husband called me shortly after I got to Wired Designs last Tuesday and told me he was feeling so poorly he didn’t think he could drive himself home – he was afraid he was going to pass out. Now, the thing you need to know is that Nick is the master of understatement, so “Not bad” is high praise. Conversely, “I feel a little punk” means he’s really unwell and “I’m afraid I’m going to pass out” is cause for genuine alarm. So instead of just picking him up and taking him home to lie down, I told him to call 911.

I arrived ahead of the ambulance, which gave us time to pray together. And I have to say that he looked bad. We were both surprisingly calm for most of it, but I was genuinely concerned about him, especially when his blood pressure pegged out at 200 over 88 – that’s getting close to stroke territory. He wound up spending four days in the hospital and (among other things) getting a complete cardiac workup, which – thank God – came back completely clean. But he’s still having intermittent symptoms and will have to follow up with other doctors for more testing so we can get to the bottom of what’s going on.

So once again, I’m a little behind the 8-ball and having to get caught up on a whole host of things. Look for a give-away post later in the week – in the meantime, I’m doing laundry and heading up to my studio!

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  1. diane
    diane says:

    ((hugs)), Francesca. I’ll be praying for Nick. As good as it feels to have the results come back clean, it still leaves cause – and treatment – in the air.

    For a laugh, I initially misread “bead mix” as “bread mix”, and began to wonder when you became a food blogger…

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    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Ha! Yes, food blogging is probably something I won’t ever do, seeing as how the Pioneer Woman and other highly creative and capable souls have that niche sewn up. On the other hand, I read your Saturday post and it seems you might be up to trying your hand at it! LOL!

      Thanks for the prayers – you’re right, the not knowing is hard. We’re hoping that the next round of tests will give us some answers and that the solution will be quick and easy. On a much more positive note, he agreed that he needs to do a better job of taking care of himself and is joining me on my weight loss journey. I got him set up on My Fitness Pal last night!

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  2. Sherry
    Sherry says:

    Sometimes a good scare pushes you to do something you might not otherwise. Glad to hear you’ll be getting healthy together. I think it would be harder if one person is and the other isn’t. I am cheering for you both everyday, all the way.
    I think not panicking over something serious could be a family pattern. Can’t recall anyone panicking in our family. I think we all kept our emotions under wraps most of the time. Maybe there was panic inside but it wasn’t shown on the outside.

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    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Sherry – I’m glad to say that Nick was enthusiastic about taking some additional steps with me. We signed him up for a My Fitness Pal account and installed the app on his phone, and as we speak he is researching some alternatives to his favorite foods!

      As for the panicking thing – Nick has always been a steadying influence in times of stress, but my early family life had a distinctly more emotional and dramatic flavor! It’s a measure of how much Nick has influenced me – and the work of God in my life – that I rarely lose it in times of stress anymore. 🙂

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  3. Michelle Buettner
    Michelle Buettner says:

    Oh wow – that sounds like it was scary to say the least. Our hubby’s are a bit alike,..when mine was having a heart attack, he waited 8 hours and then drove himself to the ER after telling me he was fine and for me to go to an appt. I had! Several days in ICU, a couple of stints and a defibrilator in his chest later, and he’s finally (5 years later) getting better about being so ‘low-key’ as far as health issues go! I hope your hubby comes out with good test resutls and starts to feel much better – know you’re in my thoughts and prayers!

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    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Thanks so much, my dear! Nick has gotten a lot better about stepping up when things aren’t right, at least in part because I have raked him over the coals when he didn’t! The hardest part right now is not knowing what caused the episode in the first place or what we might need to deal with in resolving it, but we’re not looking past the two follow-up appointments he has this week. God’s got this, and we’re doing all that’s in our power to do, so worrying doesn’t make a lot of sense, right?

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