December 17, 2016
A note from Lance:
I’m going to take a little break so Leslie will be posting this month’s letter to you all. We have had quite the month, she will tell you all about it and what’s going on here in Birch Bay.
And from Leslie:
As Lance said we have had quite the month and felt we should let you all know what has happened.
Lance had a massive stroke early Thanksgiving morning (1:30am). I knew what had happened and called 911 right away. Bless those boys for getting here within minutes, and we were on our way to the hospital in Bellingham where he was admitted and sent right to ICU. It was touch and go for a while, first reports were not favorable and the doctors thought we should plan for the worst. Unbelievable.
But one young, optimistic Neurologist came into his room, calmly closed the door, got right in his face and yelled “Lance! Wake up! Come on! Wake up!” And sure enough, he rallied, like he had just had a very deep sleep. And I told him, “the Dallas Cowboys/Washington Redskins game is on in an hour, so you better get this sorted.” Game time, he was sitting up, watching and cheering for his beloved Cowboys. Thank God they won.
So, two days in ICU, two more on an observation floor and home we went with a walker and all the medical “stuff” that goes along with a stroke victim. We have had lots of support, Home Health Services have come almost every day. In fact, they just released him yesterday. They have all come in and said the same thing. “You are doing fine, call us if you need anything.” And all the medical equipment is now stored away. I knew he would be fine when I fussed at him to use the walker, which he picked up and carry across the room.
So, what was going on in his chart you will probably be asking. But first let’s look at the Skywatch for that day. Some damn fool astrologer wrote:
Not the usual energy in today’s Thanksgiving Skywatch. Morning hours are good for getting the pies done as the Moon trines Mars at 12:40 pm CST. But Jupiter and Pluto form a square in the heavens at 4:42 pm suggesting things don’t go as planned this afternoon and evening.
And what was in Lance’s chart? Pluto square the Moon (quack) and Mars opposite Pluto (double quack). The good news is he also had Jupiter conjunct the Moon.
And what was in my chart? Uranus square the Sun. I was thinking a possible culinary disaster not a full blown medical event. But it’s over, he rallied, and life goes on.
He has had little residual effect from the stroke, which was right side, so his left side was affected. He of course is mad that he can’t type well with his left hand and his speech is a little slurred, but he is back to doing readings and just finished January Skywatch. This guy is a real trooper.
The weather has also taken an unusual turn. We have had snow and freezing conditions for almost a week. As I write this the temperature is 17 with a real feel of 8 with snow flurries. Not quite what we expected here, but we are still grateful to be here in Birch Bay!
This cold snap has created somewhat of a crisis for the hummingbirds here. The Anna’s species live here year- round, and this cold weather is almost too much for them. Lots of us get up right as the sun comes up to bring in the feeders which are frozen solid and refill for the day. On a local birding Face Book page someone showed his “hummingbird warmer” – a cookie sheet covered with an electic heating pad. Brilliant!
So, it’s been a rather exciting first six months here in the Pacific Northwest. We are grateful to be here where we are safe and well cared for. And we are grateful to all of you, who show such great support for Skywatch. We appreciate your love and prayers and good energy. If you are so inclined, please send Lance a card, or note. Our home address is: 4804 N. Golf Course Drive, Blaine, WA 98230. Sending each and every one of you our very best wishes for a Happy New Year.