It has been awhile since we have posted an update, so here it is.
We moved to back to Ohio at the end of October and have been adjusting to the frigid temps and shoveling of snow. We did this to be closer to family in case Denise's health takes a turn for the worse again. No one in thier right mind moves from Florida to Ohio willingly.
Denise has been going weekly/biweekly to a clinic that is quite a bit more expensive than the Florida clinic , however after a year of trying, her Coumadin levels are becoming regulated.
Rob got a job transfer to the Banfield Pet Hospital in Beavercreek and is very happy there.
That is all of the new for now,
Thanks for all of the generosity,
Had labs today, my PT/INR was too low, 1.6. Need to be at least a 2. So now get to go again in 3 weeks.
Today is a big day for me. This marks a year since my second stroke. Tomorrow, I can breathe a little easier. Then to just get through August without another stroke is my next goal.
It would mean a lot today if you could share this on you wall or retweet.
Just got bad news in the mail, my COBRA coverage is being changed, not for the better, and is going to cost $100 more a month. Seriously?? As if is wasn't a challenge to pay for already, now we have to stress for an additional $100 a month?
Something has gotta give, soon.
Well, just back from the doctors. My blood was back within range, so now I go back in 3 weeks to see where it is. This is crazy. Cannot wait until mext month when I see the specialist. Still holding out hope that he will put me on the meds that do not require monitoring or have diet restrictions. I love salad and broccoli. It kills me not to be able to eat those things on a whim.
For now, that is all.
A few people have asked what Rob does for a living. The answer is he is the head technician at a vetrinary office with aspirations to become the practice manager.
This is not a career that one chooses because it pays well; it is chosen because it is fulfilling and makes you happy. This is the reason he has to work a second job, being a vet tech does not pay the bills by itself.
His second job is teaching/certifying tattoo artists and body piercing artists in the Department of Health's required courses.
The only downfall of working as a vet tech, aside from having to financially struggle (speaking from my 8 years of experience), is that you often times bring your work home. We have 5 dogs that are all rescues and all are geriatric. 3 we have had since they were puppies and the other 2 were slated for euthanasia and were rescued.
Many people do not realize that vet techs typically are not offered health insurance, paid sick or vacation time or retirement savings accounts. They really just love the work. They are paid in nuzzles and puppy kisses.
For those that do not know us personally, I also did work in the vet field. I started as a kennel assistant and worked my way up to head tech in a matter of 4 years. I miss working with animals and hope one day to be cleared to go back to working in the vet field again.
Until then, lots of lab work and specialists are in my future.
Well, back from the doctor. My therapeutic range for my Coumadin is 2-3. I was 3.9 today. So that means more frequent checks for me until they get me to stay between 2 and 3. Get to go back in a week. :(.
Almost time for lab work again. Feeling pretty well, just tired from the kids running me ragged.
It has been a few days. Feeling really disappointed that it seems that donations and sharing of the page have slowed to a halt.
It would be great if you could share, and let me have some peace of mind if you would donate if possible.
Had a great day with Rob and the boys for Father's Day. Hope you did too.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and remembers to hug thier dads if possible. I wish I could. I would hug him so tight and never let go if he was alive.
Thanks for checking out the page. Please pass it on.
Thank you to everyone that has shared or is sharing and to those who have donated. Please keep it up. There is no donation too small.
If anyone would like to make a donation by mail, we can send you our address by email.
Thank you to the donors we have so far and to those of you that have shared our page.
Please, please, please keep sharing it if you cannot donate.
Oh, I forgot to also mention that prior to my having the first stroke, we began renovating a house. Needless to say, that was put on hold, so we have no flooring( only sub-floors), an incomplete bathroom and 3 other rooms and we still have yet to start Stevie's new room so we can let Gabe have the "baby" room. Not to mention that I have no bottom cabinets or any counter-tops in my kitchen.
This would absolutely mean the world and take a lot of stress off of us if you would help by donating or sharing with others and encouraging them to share as well.
Well, today is a good day. I am finally holding in the therapeutic range for Coumadin. I still have to get blood pulls, but less frequently.
Still really worried about how we are gonna cover expenses, but at least not having to go in for blood draws so often will help a little.
Well, just for the fun of added stress, we will have to buy private insurance for the boys because Rob's employer only pays out for his insurance and to add the boys and I will be through the roof expensive. That means I will have to stay on COBRA at least until January when the insurance companies can no longer deny me for a preexisting condition.
:-/ Feeling frustrated!
People often ask me what it was like during my strokes or what was the worst part.
Well, during the first stroke, it was very early in the morning and Rob was tending to baby Steven (who was 7 months at the time). I got out of bed and asked him a question and he could not understand anything I was asking him. I was fully aware of the fact that the words were not coming out right and was very frustrated, so I kept trying to speak to him. He said the left side of my face was not moving when I spoke, but I had no knowledge of that and it didn't feel different.
This happened twice that day.
The worst part for me was that I was clear headed and could not express anything verbally. I kept thinking that that would be worse than death, being me and not being able to speak and tell people what was wrong. . .what if I could not write either? Is this how elderly people that have had strokes feel?
What mde this one really bad for me was that it occurred the day before the anniversary of my dad's passing.
The second stroke was different. It was late at night and we were watching a Rays game. I asked Rob a question or rather I tried to. I could only get about every other word out right. The others just would not come out at all. It was awful, but not as bad as the first time. My Rob said that my face looked normal. It was like having a severe case of being tongue tied and after about 10 minutes I was back to normal. That time, I was 9 weeks pregnant with Gabriel.
Well, I have an appointment with the Stroke Specialist at USF on August 22. Hopefully, we get some sort of answers/ hope.
I am a 36 year old mother of 2 boys ages 3 and 11months. I am a Stay-at-home parent and my husband works two jobs to keep us afloat. In August of 2011 and again in July 2012, I had a stroke. Both times, we were told that my husband made too much money to recieve medicaid and I had no insurance at the time. The medical bills just keep coming and I will be on medication that requires monthly testing indefinitely. My husband recently changed employment with better hours and pay, but since I have a preexisting condition, I am forced to take COBRA insurance which is expensive and pretty much takes all of our money that would be used towards medical bills, and medication.
This situation is very stressful and worrisome as I was told that the doctors have no idea why I keep having strokes and that stress can cause them. I have had every doctor I have seen tell me that it is best that I stay home and not work. I feel guilty because my husband is doing the best he can and I worry constantly about how we will even be able to pay our mortgage most months.
I would really appreciate any help that would alleviate my stress and allow me to enjoy the time I have with my boys as I never know when my time may run out.