On June 6, 1944 one of the largest military offenses was launched with the landing of U.S. forces on the beaches of Normandy in World War II. This was called “D-Day” and was known as a critical turning point in the war. The “D” in D-day really didn’t mean anything but stood as a marker on a calendar for the first day of this military operation. The next day of the offensive would be called D-Day+1, then D-Day+2, and so on.
On April 23, 2017 there was a turning point of similar impact for us. On this day my wife Lauren suffered a massive stroke caused by years of untreated hypertension (high blood pressure) that landed her in a highly sedated, induced coma state in a Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NeuroICU). Not only her life changed, but the lives of everyone around her was affected as well. This is our “S-Day” (SD).
Hopefully you’re reading this to get the updates or you found this site because you’re in a similar situation. Regardless, it’s important to remember that when you live for over a decade with someone who has severe hypertension but refuses to take care of it, you start to get numb to the complaints of dizziness or tiredness. It’s the “boy who cried wolf” scenario and it’s very hard to tell when something’s really wrong. Many Doctors have warned her of the risks and prescribed medication, but for some reason she’d throw them aside, hide them, or rationalize that she would take care of it through diet and exercise. The latter never happened. There was always an excuse and it was usually the center of many of our arguments. I’ve tried many different tacts to get her on the good road and make sure she knew I would do it with her, her family tried as well, but to no avail. Like I said, her entire family got used to her living this way so it was hard to figure out when she got to the danger zone. If you’re having similar arguments, hopefully this will help them realize that taking a pill every morning to treat their hypertension is a much better solution than letting it slide and risk such a life-changing event.
About your comments – I respect your choice to have religion, so please respect ours not to have one. Please keep religion out of your comments but I encourage you to send these to me personally because I know it’s important to you, and I respect that. If you don’t have my info you can use the contact page on this site. Let’s keep this someplace to share about who Lauren was, about what great things and challenges she has yet to face, about your thoughts or similar experiences, etc. Lauren is the mom of a 7 year-old boy and 9 year old girl, a talented artist/crafter, and someone who cared greatly for her family and friends. She’s also Vietnamese and her mother taught her how to cook some awesome Viet food. Lauren also has two brothers and probably a hundred cousins in her family circle. Use the comments to tell us more.
If you’re in a similar situation it would help to learn more about your experience and how you dealt with it. Also, let’s talk about the people that have made any of her successes possible like the men and women that decided to be 911 operators, rescue squad responders, medical flight crews, nurses, doctors, hospital technicians, etc. Somewhere in their lives these people decided to pursue their career and spent thousands and thousands of hours learning how to do it the best they can to help folks like Lauren.