It has been quite a while since I wrote on my blog. After my last post on August 29, I was bitten by a mosquito and contracted West Nile Virus. I went from being a healthy, highly functioning almost 70 year old to just barely escaping death a couple of times. I spent 52 days in the hospital and 17 of those days in a comatose state. Doctors warned my family that I might not make it. For the most part I was oblivious to what was happening and was experiencing delirium and hallucinations.
It is staggering to realize how quickly your life can change. I went from working every day as director of a large region for the Alzheimer's Association to having to learn how to walk, talk and rebuild my life. I was blessed to recover full brain activity so my cognition was in tact. That had been a big concern for everyone.
I have been out of the hospital for 7 weeks today and have recovered beyond the expectations of all the medical community. They say I am a miracle and I know that all the prayers and concerns made a difference for me. I am able to walk with a walker and a cane, my voice is getting stronger daily and I can dress myself.
So now I find myself searching for the new me. It will be a while before I can drive and be independent. I have had someone with me constantly since my illness and I have had to give up so much. I was unable to do anything for myself so I was totally dependent on others. For someone like me that was a difficult position to be in but I had to let go and trust. It was a very humbling experience to deal with.
I want to express my appreciation to my family for watching out for me and making certain I was well cared for during my hospital stay and since then. They endured beyond what I would have wished for them but I am so appreciative to them for the caring and love. They are incredible.
When I reflect on what has happened to me I am aware that there is a larger purpose in all this. Many have told me that God must have a purpose for me for me to survive all I went through. I am so grateful for the support of friends and family during this time and want to honor them as I recover. I find myself in a state of extreme gratitude for being here today. More will be revealed