It’s easy to take for granted that all our body parts function more or less normally. Until they don’t, and that’s when it helps to have a Book of Hope. Jane Meredith Adams has this Perspective.
Last week in bed, I hit myself in the lip with my left hand. I haven’t moved my left hand in seven months, so the gesture got my attention. Weakness and paralysis on one side of the body are signatures of a stroke, and after my stroke last fall, they turned my left arm and leg into immobile strangers. Smacking myself in the lip means my left side is coming back.
I made a note in my new Book of Hope. On the day of the stroke, I almost had a miracle cure, a shortcut to hope. Fifteen minutes after I received a drug to dissolve the blood clot in my brain, the paralysis on my left side went away. I raised my left arm and leg in the air and moved them around. I’m going back to work with an amazing story, I thought.
The reprieve ended. I could no longer move my left side. The doctor had no explanation. Tears slid down my face.
Nurse Katie took my hand. “Don’t go down the hole,” she said.