Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring break! Ahhh, time to relax, clean house, catch up on laundry and take my husband to the ER! Sunday morning during church one of the ushers came back and told me that Walter wasn't feeling well. The next thing I know, I don't see him up there at all, so I grab Ben and we rush up the aisle back to the sacristy. I find my husband sitting in a chair and he says he feels extremely dizzy. He almost passed out. His hands were blue and clammy. I called 911 and within a short time they had him down to the ambulance and were checking his vitals. My good friends the Thanes took Ben, and I dashed home to change and grab my phone. I drove back to the church and the ambulance was still there. I took a different way out of town than they did and I actually got to the hospital before them.

Once they got to the hospital they put Walter in a room. One nurse came in looking for the 51 year old man and she thought she was in the wrong room. Ego stroke done, he was carted off to get a CAT scan of his head. They also took blood and a chest x-ray. They even tested him for the flu. All the tests came back normal. Of course this all took about 4 hours. Thank goodness our friend Ray came up and brought me some lunch. He stayed until they let Walter go. It was really thoughtful of him and we appreciated his company.

The final diagnoses was vertigo. The next day Walter saw his own doctor and was told the same thing. It has now been two weeks and he is feeling a little better, but not 100%. Monday I am driving him to an ear, nose and throat doctor in Austin. I don't know if he will be able to do anything new. All the research we have done points to just waiting it out.

So spring break wasn't quite the week I was expecting, but it was nice to have Walter home. Of course he slept quite a bit, vertigo really takes a toll on your energy level. I did most of the things I needed to do and we bought a new TV. Our old one kept turning off. It was very annoying. The new one is really nice and a lot bigger than the last one.

Now it is time to fix breakfast. Ben is hungry! Again! Still! Whatever!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ben

My son Ben has Down syndrome. He is 15 and for the most part enjoys school. He is currently in the 8th grade. His favorite person in the whole world is his sister, Naomi. He misses her a lot because she left last year to go to college. Ben really enjoys watching movies. Some of his favorites are, Evan Almighty, Home Alone, Corky Romano, Mamma Mia and the Broadway DVD of Into the Woods. He likes this show because Naomi was once in it while we lived in Plano. This winter we heard about a basketball league for special needs kids in Waco at Columbus Ave. Baptist church. Last Saturday was Ben's last basketball game. He had so much fun doing this that I can't wait for next year. We met some really nice people. Fortunately, Challenger League Baseball starts at the end of this month. A lot of the same people are involved so it should be fun. For those of you that don't know, Challenger League is the special needs division of Little League. Ben hasn't really done any sports other than swimming and bowling with Special Olympics. This will be a new experience for him and I hope he enjoys it. Basically as long as people cheer for him, he does pretty well. When we took the camera to his basketball games, he would make sure we were looking at him when he ran by. He even made some baskets!
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