For all those who know and love, or have ever even met my charming husband Daniel Montelongo-Shaffer, I have terrible news to share. It was a little over 48 hours ago that he kissed me good morning and headed off to the gym. While riding a stationary bike, he simply fell to the floor. I will forever be grateful to the person at Just Fitness in Casa Linda who called 911 immediately. Daniel had a major stroke at 7:15 am. Thanks to Dallas Fire and rescue, he was at Baylor Scott and White by White Rock in 12 minutes.I got the phone call no one ever wants to hear shortly thereafter; "Your Husband has had a stroke."
Here's an important tip i hope all of you never need to remember; before they are about to intibate your beloved--be sure and kiss them. I missed that opportunity and i regret it now that there are ventilator, feeding and suction tubes in his mouth. You will wonder how long the one you love will be like that...and the hours of hoping his speech will return are placed on hold because of the obstruction.
After the stroke, Daniel was unable to speak or use his right side. Some of his movement of his right arm and leg is coming back...but now he is simply sedated to keep his airway open as we watch for the possibilities of swelling or bleeding on his brain. They say the first hours are critical after a stroke...but the next few days are critical as well. Daniel has some serious fight in him.
Please pray for my husband. He has been transferred to and is receiving the very best care at Baylor Scott and White downtown. He is still so deep in distress that it is hard to see the when or how he will move toward healing and wholeness.
Of this one thing I am confident: God is in all of this, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer of life is with us. My faith right now is about confidence that God will show up in small and large ways -- but those are God's ways...and right now, way beyond what i can understand.
The Lectionary text for this Sunday is on trusting God. I still plan on Proclaiming it this Sunday... but in reference to my sermon last Sunday, "preaching it is one thing--but living it is what matters." I TRUST GOD. And i thank you for your prayers.
Please use this site as a method to communicate. I am unable to keep up with the calls and texts. We are blessed and overwhelmed by the love and attention. My focus needs to be on Daniel so I say with love, please restrict the visits until he is out of danger for infection and is conscious and able to enjoy time with you. I will be at church in the morning if you would like to visit with me. XOXOX