One year ago today started out like any other morning with a Olivia and Madison running with Mom and me taking a walk with her. A mile into our walk things started getting weird and come to find out less than an hour later, she was having a massive heart attack. I was with her the entire time, not knowing what was wrong with her. She tells me all the time how happy she is that she was never alone because I was at her side. This photo is of us today, happy as clams to still be together.
We are so very thankful for great neighbors who picked up me and mom and then got the ambulance to take her to the hospital. It all happened fast which is a good thing because it helped reduce the damage to her heart. They then took care of us girls for the almost three days Mom was in the hospital too.
The first few months were tough because Mom had to limit exercise, go to therapy, lots of things changed. Finally after three months she started to run again and do things with us that we used to do.
Having the experience of almost dying changes a person. Mom decided it is important to work and make money but it is also important to do what you really want to do because tomorrow is not guaranteed. You may have noticed we traveled a lot, and far away too for sports. It has been really fun and we hope to travel more in the coming year.
Food for Mom has changed. She now is on a plant based diet, by her own choice. Eating isn’t as fun anymore, but she feels good about it and it should help her reduce some of the meds she has to be on. Mom doesn’t believe in medicines to solve problems but she knows some will be necessary for the rest of her life because of the heart attack. Keeping doses low and only taking what is needed is the plan.
Nelson joining our family is something that wasn’t really planned but when the opportunity presented itself, Mom said, why not? Who cares if people think she is nuts having four dogs. It makes her happy and that is what matters.
Our biggest piece of advice besides living a healthy lifestyle – always carry your phone with you! Mom left hers home all the time but on this day last year for some reason, she took it along on our walk. On the run right before our walk, the phone stayed home. Without the phone on our walk, she probably would have died. Yes it can be a pain to carry it along if you don’t have a pocket but it is an important tool you should have with you at all times. Our phone is now always charged and comes with us everywhere, all the time.
One year ago Mom didn’t know if she would even see her next birthday and thanks to our neighbor, she did. The goal is to have a healthy lifestyle, lots of fun, and a long life. We all give her lots of loving every day and it makes her very happy. Hopefully we will all have many more years together full of fun and adventure.