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I’ve been catching up on my internet food browsing over the last couple of days, and couldn’t help but notice the preponderance of recipes for peanut butter pie. Sadly I came to realize that these recipes are a tribute to the life of Mikey Perillo, a man who collapsed and died suddenly of a heart attack last Sunday. Mr. Perillo left behind his wife, Jennifer, who is a food writer, and two young daughters. Possessing much more strength and grace in the face of those circumstances than I could ever aspire to, Jennifer shared her grief with people she had never met in a way everyone could relate to – by sharing the recipe for Mikey’s favorite peanut butter pie. Her advice is moving and sobering – “make a peanut butter pie … and share it with someone you love. Then hug them like there’s no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on.” Indeed.
As you probably read between the lines on our blog or our facebook page, we have been though our own ordeal over the last week – and are ever so thankful that it has turned out okay. This even may have been one of the most fortuitous things that could have happened. In the early morning hours of August 2, James suffered a stroke. In an instant, every aspect of our world was changed. Without going into too much detail, I can happily report that after a week in the hospital, with intensive medical care and support by so many good people (including our dear friends), he is doing exceptionally well and is expected to fully recover. I said this was fortuitous, because we must think of this event as a “warning shot over the bow”. It could have been much, much worse. James could easily have had a massive stroke, or could have died from other factors, including the treatment. We will heed the warning!
I contemplated whether or not to post anything about this; we generally regard news about our personal life as a private matter. However, as my friend Debi put it, I have learned a powerful “life lesson” that I can pass on to others. Who knows, maybe that lesson will impact someone else’s life for the better, or even save someone from the same mistakes we made.
What we learned:
- SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body.
- SUDDEN confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- SUDDEN trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- SUDDEN trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- SUDDEN severe headache with no known cause.
(James’s only symptom was trouble speaking – he could not complete a sentence. We were very lucky that he was able to recover without the clot-buster treatment.)
Thank all of you that called, visited, and sent us messages or comments of support. We really appreciate each and every one of you! Now, remember to live well, stay healthy, and be happy for every day!
James and Nancy