Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Welcome 2018!! A New Year!

Well....this is the first blog post. Not sure how this will all go...so...here it is anyway.

Well…2018 is finally here. 2017 brought about a few changes for the Rause household. Started off with Craig retiring from the Air Force after 26 years of service. In the spring, Craig started working for the American Red Cross. August brought Hurricane Harvey, followed by his calamitous sister, Irma. This kept Craig and fellow red cross members and volunteers extremely busy for several months. I guess the powers that be didn’t think we had enough going on, so they threw a few more curve-balls our way. Mid-September, I broke my ankle. A week later, I had a small stroke. The two are completely un-related. I was extremely fortunate to get tPA (from: http://www.stroke.org/we-can-help/survivors/just-experienced-stroke/stroke-treatments - The only FDA approved treatment for ischemic strokes is tissue plasminogen activator {tPA, also known as IV rtPA, given through an IV in the arm}. tPA works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived of blood flow.) with in the shortest amount of time when it happened. Such a surreal experience, being aware of everything going on around you and not being able to respond verbally or physically! A month or so of occupational and speech therapy helped as well. Still a work in progress on when my brain needs to rest. While I was recuperating from that, Craig was offered and accepted a Disaster Program Manager position in Waco. So, we put our home on the market in November. Right as that was taking place, Craig responded to the Sutherland Springs shooting which kept him busy for almost two weeks.  Our home sold in about a week and we closed on it the end of December. Sad to sell it with all the work we put in to it. Literally, blood, sweat and tears! We moved to Waco mid-December and are still trying to get settled. Christmas eve marked 90 days since the stroke….so only 9 more months, some daily changes, and the risk of another stroke should drop even more!

We are so glad to have 2017, especially the 3rd quarter, behind us. We are embarking on a new year and can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us! Life is always an adventure. Sometimes those curve-balls can knock you down pretty good. It doesn’t matter how long it takes…as long as you ALWAYS get back up! Happy New Year my friends!

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