• Jarkeshia McGahee

Curve Ball

What do you do when life throws you a curve ball? Do you cower and hide? Do you forget about how God supplies all your needs? Do you throw a pity party?

Well life threw my husband and I a curve ball on June 11th. For almost a little over a week my husband had been experiencing ringing in his ears and his equilibrium was a little off. On Sunday, June 7th, my husband was doing a bible study that morning when the person he was studying with told him he did not look well and asked if he was having a stroke. I overheard the conversation and the healthcare worker in me immediately began to remember the acronym we learned about strokes, F.A.S.T., which later I learned was B.E.F.A S.T. After that call we went to the urgent care and they recommended that he go to the ER to rule out a possible stroke, this was scary to even think about. This ER visit sent him home with meds for motion sickness, after a few days the meds were not working. On June 11th, my husband returns to the ER and the doctors perform more extensive tests that resulted in evidence that he had experienced two minor strokes (a mild stroke). My heart dropped, 1. because of the diagnosis and 2. because I could not be there in the ER with him due to COVID guidelines. At that moment, I began to cry but reminded myself that I have to be strong for him. The ER doctor informed me that he would be admitted and that they may allow me to visit, once he was on the stroke floor. I was relieved to hear that I could be there with him on the stroke floor and began to inform everyone of his diagnosis.

During this time, many emotions began to flow in me but my main concern was to make sure my hubby was doing well. We received our next steps and he was released the next day. We now began to face our new normal but also had to remember that everything is All in God's Hands. The celebration of our anniversary on June 17th was different but we enjoyed having breakfast with the girls, truly enjoying time with family our most precious gifts. Our vows have been put to the test with this season in a good way. We make vows in marriage to love one another in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live, til death do us part. Times like these really put those words to the test. Times like these help you to understand and see the true meaning of love and what it means to make an ultimate sacrifice. Even with all that is going on my husband is still making sure that I am ok, as shown in his Facebook post.

My husband is recovering slowly and this could have always been worse, but instead was a wake up call. We are thankful for all of our family and friends. Continue to pray for my husband and our family.

The song that I have on repeat during this season that I recently heard on the radio is: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=k6ZrDMrgNU4&feature=share.

I love you!!! God bless!!!

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