Tuesday last week I suddenly happened to wake up around 3:30 in the morning. Immediately I was aware of the fact that my left arm was tingling and lying in a position where it had fallen asleep. Psychologically, this worried me and played with my mind, I couldn’t help but think “Here we go again”. So I lied there in bed, just praying and trying to move my arm around til I was calm enough to fall back to sleep.
The next day (Wednesday) I felt fine for the most part but was very aware of my body (was to familiar for me!). I particularly noticed that my left wrist was tingling and felt as if every time I sat down It would fall asleep on me.
My sister’s family had been over and the house was very busy with little ones running about. That morning mom was busy helping with the kids , but they stopped by my room to say good morning and help me with a few things. I lightly mentioned my symptoms but they went in one ear and out the other. I figured it really was nothing anyway and ignored it.
Throughout the day though, my symptoms would come and go. This had me puzzled but I remained silent still, not wanting to raise a false alarm.
Later that evening after the kids had gone to sleep I again mentioned it. Of course not meaning or wanting anyone to worry. Long story short, we prepared as if to go and stay at the hospital. I called a friend to pray with me. Mom called the emergency room to see if it was worth worrying over. During her call she was ended up getting transferred over to a doctor by phone. She handed the phone over and he ran my through a series of questions to see what might be going on. He determined I was not having a new stroke, and by the way I had described things thought it sounded like it was from over using my left arm. That I may even have pinched a nerve or something by the sound of it.
Glory to God that it was nothing!
I learned a valuable lesson though. I need to be better at raising attention and alerting others when things are off with my body. Being a selfless person this is hard for me to learn but I have to tell myself that it’s ok (if not important!) to bring this kind of attention to myself. It’s not being selfish!
I had applied for Disability Assistance back in October. I was told it would be at least til February til they notified to tell me whether I was approved or not. My expectations were expecting them to deny me and that I would have to through the lengthy process of appealing their denial etc.
Yesterday was January 20th. To my surprise I received a letter from Social Security telling me I was approved for financial aid. I was honestly floored at this news! I couldn’t stop giving thanks to God and tried to call my friends to share the good news. First try!
God is so good!