My friend, a lady now 72, and I and my wife and other friends used to do ride 25-30 miles together. Two years ago, at 70, she came in second in her age group at the Bolder Boulder marathon. She did triathlons. She is a fighter.
Last year her back began to give her problems, and she had a relatively minor surgery, and she planned on doing a sprint triathlon with me in September.
The surgery did not work, so last week, she had a 2nd surgery. Sunday, while in the hospital recovering, she had a minor stroke and then another one. She now has no balance, and is weak on one side, and can hardly swallow.
In just one moment . . . . !!
Surviving a wife beater and leaving him, then finding the perfect bicycle-riding mate, who died of cancer, my friend raised her kids, got herself financially stable as a nurse, and retired near me.
The docs say, "The surgery had nothing to do with the stroke." Sure - I will bet you a lot of money that if she had been home and not in the hospital, under that stress she would not have had a stroke. However, that really makes little difference.
My friend bought a tri-level house, with no bathroom on the main floor. This is going to cause some major problems when she returns home. Just something for all of us to think about. NOra and I specifically bought a one-level home when we moved here 8 years ago.
So, I am saying a prayer for my friend. SHe IS a fighter, and will do everything that she can to get back to where she was.