Thursday, March 18, 2010
A Gentle, But Very Important, Reminder
Oh, friends. I just received the most shocking news. This is the part of reaching the middle years of life that's worrisome to me. A neighborhood friend, a beautiful woman of 51, passed away in her bed Tuesday evening of a heart attack. I remember Tuesday evening; I was blogging on the couch watching the news. I understand that earlier in the day after exercising, she called her husband to say she didn't feel well. He told her to stop and get rest and see the physician before she exercised anymore. I can only imagine that, as a woman, mom, wife, busy, healthy person, she thought it would pass. That evening, she went to bed early. Her husband fell asleep on the couch for a bit and then woke and went to the bedroom to find she had passed away.
Julie wasn't my close friend, more of an acquaintance, but we used to attend the same church and waved when we passed on the road. She was very quiet and obviously loved by many. Her boys are marvelous. It is because of her husband we found our great home+apartment seven years ago when looking for a place to live with my grandmother. She leaves two sons, the same ages as my children, and a lovely husband. Our hearts are weary for those three men.
So, ladies, the gentle reminder what we already know but just forget to take seriously for ourselves: Heart Health! Let's take good care of bodies and hearts - for ourselves and for our husbands and children -- and be sensitive to what our bodies are telling us. If you feel particularly strange or have palpitations or your girlfriend tells you see is having such odd symptoms, GET A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND and go your physician's office or to the ER that very day.
Please send a little prayer over to South Carolina that this family may feel the Lord's comfort and grace.