Monday July 21st 2014, 12:10 am
Filed under: Friends,Life,Lupus

Tonight I set the treadmill faster and went longer than usual, thinking a thank you towards all of you who prayed or Thought Good Thoughts my way after yesterday’s post.

Yesterday I’d set it to super-slow and still stopped it at two minutes when my blood pressure kept relentlessly dropping rather than picking up along with the pace. Air was feeling like a rare thing. Not comforting. I knew the drill from my tilt table test: down NOW and feet up. Breathe deep.

To explain: a dozen years ago, my lupus was attacking my autonomic nervous system the first and worst time with that test confirming it in the hospital, an alarm sounding, people running. My blood pressure was at 63/21, heart rate 44. They stopped it and pulled my feet in the air.

Today was so very much better. And I got to be super-grateful all over again.


My friend Karen at church had her sons and their wives in town for a family reunion and the cousins were all toddlers having a great time being cute together.

At one point at the end I saw a woman I didn’t know minding two little ones that I instantly pegged as Karen’s, clearly; the younger one in her lap wasn’t having a meltdown but he was definitely edging towards it: traveling, strange places, strange people, three hours of church, waiting for Daddy to stop talking to his old friends over there. Enough for one day! He threw his paper airplane down with all the energy he could crash-land it with.

The mom looked ready for a good dinner, too; I think it was more for her sake that I pulled out a finger puppet and asked her if he might like to have it.

It changed everything. Suddenly she had a friend to talk to. Someone who thought her kids were adorable. Seeing her. With no expectations nor requirements on her.

It was like the balloon had been increasingly under pressure and suddenly it popped and she could breathe. Her delight at that little bit of handknitting and the appreciation in her face made my day and we chatted like old friends catching up while her little boy explored that puppet with her.

And if she’d put her feet up on that couch right there in that hallway I would have cheered her on.

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slowly — don’t push — take time to rest and knit

Comment by Bev 07.21.14 @ 8:20 am

Bev gives good advice.

Comment by lynnM 07.21.14 @ 11:12 am

Well, next time I go to a doc and they take my B.P., I’ll send you some of the extra points that appear only when I’m at the doc’s office. At home, it’s normal (not low but normal). At the doc’s office, it’s way high. Like 140 or 150 over 80 or 85. I’ll just send the white coat points out to you.

Comment by Susan (sjanova) 07.21.14 @ 2:21 pm

You take the same care of yourself as you do the rest of the world, please and thank you? Those finger puppets are amazing…

Comment by Channon 07.21.14 @ 5:33 pm

I love Channon’s take on this! And agree wholeheartedly. 🙂 Pretty please, with vanilla sugar on it!

Volunteers knit fingerpuppets for the hospital and Émilie already has two.

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 07.21.14 @ 6:42 pm

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