Adventurous Day

There is just never a dull moment in our little lives.  We left for Boise this afternoon hoping to stay ahead of the snow that was forecasted for the area.  We stopped just before Twin Falls at a truck stop called the Garden of Eden.  I went into the bathroom and laying on the floor was this elderly woman.  There was another woman kneeling down beside calling out for help.  I ran over to her and she explained that her mom was having a stroke.  I really didn't know what to do.  The lady kneeling beside her was the daughter and she wanted me to help stand her up.  I got my arms under hers and tried to lift her up but there was no way this woman was going to be standing.  She was totally out of it.  Her heart seemed okay and she was breathing on her own but completely limp and unaware of what was happening.  I laid her back down on the floor and ran out to the service counter to call 911.  Thankfully, there was a nurse at the counter paying for her gas purchase and came in to help us out.  While the nurse was attending to her, I found the husbands of these women and got some blankets from the car to keep her warm while we waited for the ambulance to arrive. 
     The woman was 87 and her husband was 94 and they were driving with their daughter and son-in-law to Palm Springs.  This was her third stroke in the past few months.  We ended up staying at the truck stop for just over an hour until the woman was okay and we got our blankets back.  It felt good to be able to help even though there was nothing more I could have done.  It was so sweet to see this woman's husband kneeling beside her trying to wake her up.  He held her hand tight.  When she started becoming more aware of her bad situation, her husband gently touched her cheek, "Honey, what are you doing down here?  You will be okay."  It was so touching. 
      While the paramedics were in working on her, a tour bus of elderly folks from Alberta pulled up and all these people crowded in to use the bathroom so we then had to direct all those people to a bathroom down in the basement since the main bathroom was full of medical staff and a stretcher.  The gas station staff was happy we were there to help. 
      Anyways, we got to Boise safely, not a spec of snow here and tomorrow it is suppose to be above 40 degrees!  Awesome! 
      I spoke to the doctor this morning about the platelet problem but they are hesitant to treat her right now since it is so soon after the last one.  This is kind of a hard place for Shelbie to be and I worry too.  We will just have to hope she doesn't a worse bleed than she has already had and that she will be able to hang in there for another week or two.  Dr. H assured me that coming to Boise would be okay.  He said they have had women deliver babies with a platelet level of 60!  Scary if you ask me.  It's still unclear why the infusion didn't work this time.  We have to do what we have always done, be patient.  There are no answers now, all we can do is live the questions and wait for the purposes of this to unfold. 

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  1. Wow. That would kind of be a scary sight to walk in on someone laying on the floor like that, good thing you were there to help! I'm praying for you and Shelbie! Hope you guys get some answers down there and have a safe trip back!!

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