Friday, July 25, 2014

Keepin' it real

I have been accused of being too sad in my blog. It has not intended to be depressing, but to be a realistic representation of what it can be like for one to recover from a brain stem stroke. That said, I’d like to tell about my weekend away. We were last in Liberal in February of 2012, and I had a stroke in March. You draw your own conclusion, but I will say it’s not my favorite locale. I will say many nice people do or did live there. Anyway, my longest road trip post-stroke has been to Liberal, Kansas, when I went to my brother-in-law’s wedding. All I wanted was to be invisible, so to speak. I did it, thanks to the fact that I could only see Chris’ head, my caregiver and pharmaceuticals. Prescription, of course. Congrats to my brother-in-law and his new wife. For those who are wondering, (Warning: It gets sad here.) I did grow uncomfortable about halfway through the ride home. I needed my legs to be stretched, much like anyone else’s. I would guess it means more road trips for me, but not less sad for my blog. I’m just keepin’ it real.

10 comments:

Patty Workman said...

Hey Alison. I am sorry that your trip wasn't the best, but always impressed with how strong and determined you are. I love you and even though I have no idea what you go through on a daily basis, I sure pray each day for your complete healing. You are an amazing advocate and there is no limit to what you can do.

We are praying constantly for you and Chris.

Robert, Patty and Wes Workman, Springfield, MO

anakinsnana said...

I for one (and I know there are many others) would expect nothing less than "keeping it real" from you. I have such fond memories of that Feb. 2012 visit but they are always overshadowed by what happened to you just a few short weeks later. So they are bittersweet memories. I don't mean to be depressing but....well, you know. Thank you dear dil for enduring the trip back here. You have no idea how much it meant to me, Jeremiah and Claire. I love you.

chris said...

On the contrary, I have found your tone and perspective to be awe-inspiringly resilient and positive in a no BS way.
Each of us is challenged to receive reality with openness and grace, while choosing to engage a mindset that brings LIFE to ourselves and our ecosystems.
Thank you for sharing that journey with me in a manner that injects me with confidence. (Con- with, fide- faith)
Chris Ward

Debbi Ruel said...

You are keeping it real, thankfully. Ditto Chris Ward's post, too. You're an inspiration, Alison; you and your husband, Chris.

Tawna Cuzzort said...

Don't let anyone make you feel bad for telling us how you feel or what you are thinking. Don't let yourself be stifled! This is YOUR outlet and I am so thankful you have it! Without this none of us would have any idea how you feel, what you are thinking or where your head is at. Happy or sad, I want to read what you have to say! I live you Ali! ~Tawna

Tawna Cuzzort said...

That is supposed to say I lOve you! ;)

Anonymous said...

I am inspired each time I read your posts! I am so glad you were able to go to the wedding! Thanks for sharing with us! Your are indeed an inspiration to all of us! I continue to pray and believe in God's amazing power to heal you!

Brenda Watterson Freeman

Tom Jakobs said...

I learn a lot form you Alison. It would be a shame if it wasn't "real". I appreciate your honesty and I don't find it depressing at all. In fact, there is always a sense of hope and working towards the future. That is good news to me!

Tom Jakobs, Alma Arkansas

Carol Spiker said...

Love keeping it real with you. Love reading your updates. You are truly an inspiration. God bless you.

Carol Spiker said...

Just wondering how you are. I don't even know you but pray that you will see more improvement soon.