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Friday, June 3, 2016

Many Strokes Fell Great Oaks. But Not This Time.

Wow! What a week we have had!

It started last Thursday morning when I got up to call our youngest daughter, Maggie, to wake her up in time for class.  The call was very short.  When I hung up the phone, my wife asked if I was OK.   I wasn't.

My wife, Suzanne, and my oldest daughter, Laynie, helped me to the bathroom.  I was having slurred speech and could not walk.I got less slurred in my speech.  So, we thought everything was okay.  Then, I tried to stand up and could not.

Suzanne helped me get dressed and we tried to make it to the car so she could take me to a doctor.   I made it halfway through the carport and fell on her.   Laynie called an ambulance. It was very hot laying there on that driveway.  The ambulance arrived and started to take me to Oakbend Medical Center in Rosenberg, Texas, on Jackson Street. The paramedic radioed the ER and the ambulance was diverted to another hospital, Oakbend at Williams Way, because the original hospital could not see me right away.

The Emergency Medical Team rolled me through the ER straight to CT scan.  I was back in the ER within minutes.  There, I learned I had had a TIA, which is like a temporary stroke.

This TIA was followed by at least two more strokes.

We have had to change life around here somewhat.

We had to stop selling AVON locally like we used to.  You can help us and buy a great product by purchasing online at https://smcclendon.avonrepresentative.com/

We will celebrate our oldest son's 30th birthday by offering our books free on June 5th. David's 54th birthday will be June 6th and the books will be free then, too.   Please help us by downloading and actually reading these books on those days and then providing an honest review on Amazon.com.

We are learning more and more each day about life after a stroke.  What we have learned is that cholesterol and salt are not your friends.  Limit those and take a baby aspirin every day. Drink plenty of water each day.

The following book was suggested by one of the people commenting on Suzanne's blog, PS Annie!
It is an affiliate link. If you click this link and purchase this book, we will receive a commission, and you will be helping to support our family during this time of transition, this life after stroke. Thank you for your support!



  1. So I got my answer. So sorry about your TIA's. Praying for you. I was recently diagnosed with A-Fib and I have a new diet to follow. The TLC diet.....http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/tc/therapeutic-lifestyle-changes-tlc-diet-for-high-cholesterol-

    1. A very good friend of ours was just diagnosed with A-Fib. He has had to change his diet and fast-paced lifestyle. We will be praying for you.


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