Monday, May 12, 2008

Just Got Lucky

I just received a phone call from my brother-in-law and had to take a break from working out to take the call and now blog about it because I am so grateful about the news I received I'm teary-eyed.

My mother-in-law had an arteriogram this morning to check for blockages in her heart. She had been having some palpitations and other issues and a stress test was inconclusive.

The doctors found no blockages in her heart and said the heart looks healthy. This, in my opinion, is nothing less than a miracle.

Both of her brothers (one older, one younger) have had by-pass surgeries in the last four years. Her mother died following open heart surgery two years ago. Compounding the issue is the fact that my mother-in-law is extremely overweight. When Scott and I began dating 12 years ago, she was only slightly overweight and really did a good job taking care of herself. Then she quit smoking and became focused on her grandchildren and stopped caring about herself it seemed. We've all talked to her and tried to encourage her. I've given her so many different diet and healthy living books it's not funny. Nothing has worked.

I pray that this is the wake up call, the second chance, that gets her to start taking care of herself. I love her like my own mother. And my boy adores her.

I want her to be around for him to have a relationship with. I want her to see all the milestones in his life. I don't want her to die.

I just wish she felt the same and would start making the changes that will keep her here a while longer.


Jen said...

I'm so glad she's OK, and I share your hope that this will be a wake-up call for her. She has so much to live and be healthy for!

Cyn said...

I agree with Jen.

I'm so glad to hear that was good news!

Just Me said...

Great News! Keep supporting her.

Aleta said...

I'm glad that she's OK and pray that her good health continues.

There's a point where we give up on trying so hard. She quit a very hard habit and probably feels like she doesn't have the energy to focus on any other bad habits. Maybe find a positive way of getting her re-motivated.

rennratt said...

The hardest part of losing weight is starting.

Also, since she has been heavy for years, she may simply be tired of dieting.

Letting her know that you love her and want to help may be the way to get her started.