Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sephora Glitz & Glam Giveaway Contest Winner

Congratulations to Rich and Mallory! Well, maybe Mallory. We aren't sure whether Rich will be as excited about winning Glitz & Glam as Mallory will be. I am about to notify Mallory that she won the Sephora Favorites Glitz & Glam giveaway contest.

This dazzling makeup collection contains 11 of Sephora's most sparkling beauties, all of which will leave you positively luminous. I can speak with "authority" on Tarte's Cheek Stain, NARS Orgasm Illuminator, Tarte's Lock & Roll, and Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil. I purchased one of these sets for myself too. All of the deluxe samples look fabulous.

My thanks to everyone for entering. I use to select winners, and each time we have a big contest, I want to send something to everyone. I love your notes and e-mails.

I have another nice contest planned, so check back either tonight or tomorrow morning. When I post it will depend on a couple of things. I would love to be able to tell you that I'll be checking Mom out of the hospital late today, but I think that's unlikely before tomorrow. If I do get to spring her, I'll be pretty busy later today. Otherwise, the contest will go up this evening.

To everyone who left comments, sending thoughts, prayers, and beams of light for Mom, I am so appreciative. I was reminded, once again, that there are a zillion nice people in this world. You touched me with your kindness. I'll write more in the comments if you want a status report.

Stay tuned...another great prize coming soon at BTiB!

Photo courtesy of Sephora


Charlestongirl said...

Mom started to recover quickly Saturday afternoon after her MRI (which took all morning because she kept getting agitated).

She had a hypertensive crisis on Friday, something like malignant hypertension, and the symptoms resemble a stroke. When her speech and memory started to come back, as she got more alert, I learned that she knew something was wrong as her eyesight started to narrow Friday. Her caregiver had gone to the grocery store, and Father Scalia had visited with Mom (as he does every few weeks) while the caregiver was gone. She told him she had an eye problem, and he urged her to go to the doctor. By the time he left, Mom couldn't see the phone to dial me, and she started to get confused.

It went downhill from there, and 911 was called when the caregiver returned. I got there as the ambulance did, and Mom seemed to be having many of the symptoms of stroke. When we got to the hospital, Mom's blood pressure was sky high, and they also assumed from her symptoms that she might have had a stoke. So they took her for a CT scan, but the image showed nothing unusual.

Yesterday, she started to recover. The MRI was tough to get through because she wasn't following directions well and kept moving around, but they did get good images that showed no stroke, no bleeding, no clots, nothing physical.

It was almost miraculous as she came out of it. Everything started to come back at once, including sight, speech, mobility, etc. The doctor told me that they were sure at that point that it had been caused by a rocket-level BP.

Now, we have to figure out how to control her BP. It was still high last night. She was already on three drugs for it at home. I hope we can get it stabilized quickly, and I hope her kidneys were not involved. I don't think she's "out of the woods" yet.

I'm telling you these details so that you'll know, if you have elderly parents, that blood pressure is associated with so many things, and extremely high BP can kill you - quickly. Any time someone starts showing unusual neurological symptoms of vision, hearing, speech, and other cognitive difficulties, get them to a hospital quickly. If they are having a stroke, time is of the essence. If it's something else, time is also critically important. Err on the side of caution.

I won't tell you now all about her last medical crisis, but it was also the case that time was critical. Had I not found her unresponsive, Mom would have died - just as Natasha Richardson did. That's why Mom has a caregiver there with her now. She's happy in her own home, but we have someone there who can act quickly if something goes wrong.

Thanks once again for your kind wishes. I'm sure those thoughts and prayers from you and my coworkers made a difference!

snow0016 said...

Good to hear she recovered already! :)

And thank you for the information! I still have my beloved grandparents in the province so we will keep that in mind!

Anonymous said...

I will have a special thought for her in my prayers.
Take care of her : a mother is so precious.
Warm regards.

Lisa said...

I'm so happy to hear your Mom is starting to recover. My best wishes and prayers to you and your family.

Thank you very much for this information. I have an elderly parent and I will be sure to heed your advice.

Silverstargirl said...

Good to hear your Mom is starting to recover. My best wishes and prayers to you and your family.
Mum is so precious

Charlestongirl said...

My thanks to all of you! Mom went home last night. They gave her her BP meds in the morning, and then her BP crashed (too low). So, they had to give her fluids to bring it back up. After that, they sent her home.

We need to get her in to see her doctor today. So far, so good - and I am extraordinarily grateful for all your thoughts, prayers, and kind wishes. I'm sure they helped!