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A Stroke Of Luck … And Putting Your Head In the Sand!

September 17, 2020

Not Dresses And Dressing Down…

This is a bit of a tough post to write, quite frankly, because it’s going to require some real vulnerability as I’m talking about the very serious issue that is Stroke and that has happened to me in recent weeks.

So I had reconstruction surgery following the breast cancer of a couple of years ago on the 17th August and on full moon, 2nd September, we were having a nice little festivity at the fire pit when I noticed weakness in my left arm – when I dropped a couple of things – and that the left side of my mouth didn’t seem to be working, but in my usual manner I ignored it and pretended there was nothing amiss. I prefer to bury my head in the sand when such things occur – ostrich-style!!

The next day we were heading out and I was taking some pics to put on Instagram but I couldn’t make my mouth smile normally and I felt I was talking strangely too … I still ignored it, went for a reiki session and couldn’t post any pics …

I only went to see a doctor today and I’m awaiting the results of blood tests, a CAT scan and an ultrasound – I still can’t talk properly or smile as usual but he thinks I’ve had what’s known as a TIA, trans ischaemic attack and that my face muscles will reactivate or whatever within 6 months.

It’s been scary, and you can clearly see in the photos that I feel pretty poorly, but I have no intention of letting it beat me – I’m just not ready to go yet as Robert Frost would say “I have miles to go before I sleep..” and I’m looking forward to the summer without bushfires here to get our honey business, Purple Sting, off the ground and I have a few other ideas as well!!

Life Goes On!!

In other news, I enjoyed this cute, springy look although it was a bit cooler than I’d prefer – roll on summer and long, hot, cicada singing days!!

I’m going to enjoy every bloody last minute of it!!

The Takeaway…

If you or a loved one experience a problem such as I have, I strongly encourage you to make your way to the Emergency Room as quickly as possible – it was very unwise of me to be reluctant to act on what was happening to me and the consequences could have been very dire indeed …

Thank you for joining me in my little corner of the web, and I hope you are keeping safe where you are with the C-19 business, bushfires or wildfires and goodness knows what else .. clearly I, for one, will be glad to see the back of 2020, but in the meantime I send you positivity and love as this year continues to barrel through our lives…

Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Reply
    Nancy
    September 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Oh gosh Donna! I think you had what we call the 7 skinny years! Next year will be yours! You have the right attitude for it! In the meantime, enjoy the coming season and I wish you lots of luck with recovery!!

    • Reply
      donnadoesdresses
      September 17, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Thank you so much, Nancy – hopefully will be able to put a plan in place when the results come in – I’m hopeful as not sure what else I can be at this stage! Enjoy the rest of your week, Nancy. 🧚‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Reply
    Liz Clayton
    September 17, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Stay brave beautiful.

    • Reply
      donnadoesdresses
      September 18, 2020 at 7:02 am

      I appreciate your lovely comment!! I will do what I have to as we all have to and hopefully will get through this next challenge.

      Have a great weekend!
      Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

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    BBYCGN, Tamara
    September 18, 2020 at 1:55 am

    It does not look like you feel poorly, Donna. You still shine!

    • Reply
      donnadoesdresses
      September 18, 2020 at 7:00 am

      You’re always exceedingly kind, dear Tamara – and I thank you for that!! I’m working through this next layer of shit and hopefully will come out the other end swinging!! I think two heart attacks, breast cancer and now a small stroke has repaid my karma … but then who really knows?

      Thank you again and have a great weekend!

      Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

      • Reply
        BBYCGN, Tamara
        September 18, 2020 at 7:27 am

        💕 All my love! 💕

        • Reply
          donnadoesdresses
          September 18, 2020 at 7:28 am

          Thank you, dear Tamara – it will be as it’s meant to be!! 🙏🏼❤️

  • Reply
    Vanity And Me Style
    September 20, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Oh Donna! You must have been scared. My mum had TIA’s for around twenty years. Your symptoms should return back to normal. Bless you, as if you haven’t been through enough and yet you still look amazing xx

    • Reply
      donnadoesdresses
      September 20, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you for sharing about your Mum, Laurie because I’ve been busily getting my life in order, just in case.. I haven’t had an easy life and probably the worst thing is I’ve always buried my feelings and they seem to be coming out the last few years. I just ran on Adrenalin and audacity, I think lol .. anyway I’m doing what I can to address that and focusing on moving forward as positively as I can and I very much appreciate your kindness and support!!
      Thank you, Laurie!!
      🧚‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Reply
    indianeskitchen
    September 23, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Donna I am so sorry this happened to you! I would never had noticed and thought how cute and comfortable your outfit was. You keep up that amazing positive attitude and we are all pulling for you! Keep posting!

    • Reply
      donnadoesdresses
      September 23, 2020 at 8:10 am

      Oh thank you, Diane, I appreciate your kindness, as always! I’m certainly keeping positive and I’m working hard to change my life and attitude to manage this issue. I will certainly do my best to post and thank you for reading the questionable content I put on here – lol!!
      🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Reply
    Autumn Zenith
    September 29, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Dearest Donna, warrior woman, treasured friend, there are not words enough to convey how sorry I for what you’ve been going through. That must be profoundly stressful and unnerving. Thank you for opening up and sharing publicly, as well as for the vital reminder to seek prompt medical attention when something suddenly goes awry.

    I was raised to be tough, “suck it up” regarding pain, and plow onward come hell or high water. In some respects, this has served me very well throughout my life, but it also means that, at times, I tend to ignore/brush off/downplay medical issues.

    I’ve grown a bit better at not doing so as I’ve gotten older though – especially following an experience about three years ago now when I had a sudden, horrible attack of a then new-to-me medical condition that can mimic many of the feelings/symptoms associated with a heart attack (it is, in fact, however, not a heart condition but rather an inflammation of the cartilage in the ribcage area). That really changed something in me and has definitely made me less likely to “put on a brave” face or pretend like nothing is wrong.

    Please know that my thoughts, heart, and unending wishes of wellness are with you around the clock.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    • Reply
      donnadoesdresses
      October 7, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      I always appreciate your beautiful, heartfelt comments, Autumn and I thank you for this one!! You’re right about actually listening to your body rather than ignoring signs that there are issues. I’m still battling with get my blood pressure down and have been trying everything to get back to health but it’s been eluding me. I’m sure that after some extended serious rest I will come back strong and the support from such as yourself certainly is a great balm for me in the meantime!
      Sending love and gratitude!!
      Donna 🧚‍♀️❤️🐝

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