I promised yesterday I would share my story and how I came to Designing with a Deadline. It’s a love story really and that why I think telling it on Valentine’s Day is the perfect time.
I am surrounded by love in my life and for that I am so very, very grateful. I am a typical Type A personality, so a lack of patience and being in control are also my top personality traits of mine. I planned my wedding on a deadline (a story my friend Traci Zeller is dying for me to tell here) but today I want to share an even more important story.
I have been given so much in my life and for that I am thankful. But God has a sense of humor, so I also have a few challenges I deal with everyday….a severe peanut allergy for which I carry two Epi-pens at all times, and high blood pressure (thanks to my grandmothers for that one!) and migraines.
Three years ago around Valentine’s Day, I attended an event for my industry and was given a snack plate by a friend. Unfortunately I ingested a pretzel filled with peanut butter (I had no idea) and immediately administered my Epi-Pen. A few months prior I had been given a new medication for migraines and I hadn’t had a migraine since. So amazing, but this medication was a beta-blocker and it prevented my Epi-Pen from working. As I arrived home to get my second Epi-Pen I was feeling as if something was very ,very wrong. I called my husband who had both of our children with him and he rushed home. Little Ms. M (6 at the time) and Little Master M (8 at the time) arrived with Dad about 30 minutes later.
my amazing family including Rivers and Mr. Beckley
I was almost unconcious on our bathroom floor due to lack of oxygen and in full anaphylactic shock. Dazed and worried, my husband rushed me one block away to a clinic and they called paramedics from there. My last memory at that point was of my husband and family at the foot of my bed scared, crying and so very worried about their Mom and wife. I lost conciousness at that point and my next memory was my hand falling off of a gurney in the ambulance.
The next part of this story was told to me days later by my husband. The paramedics were forced to pull the ambulance over on the side of the road and the driver got out to help the paramedics in the back. My husband was behind them with little ones in car and they watched while the paramedics worked on me. The driver had recently been trained in intubation (inserting a breathing tube to the lungs through the throat) and he had to do it immediately. So while on the side of the road, that man saved my life.
I wouldn’t have made it to the hospital. And my children would have seen me die. Again….that man saved my life. After 15 minutes (that seemed like an hour to my crying and disturbed family in the car), the driver of the ambulance got out and rushed to the hospital. When we arrived, I was bagged and rushed inside to be hooked to a ventilator.
I was in ICU for two days, swollen beyond recognition. I was strapped to the bed in order to keep me from unconciously removing my intubation tube. I am told I fought those restraints regularly and when I finally woke up, my first question was “where are my babies?”
The beautiful part of this story is how peaceful I felt before I lost conciousness. And how different I felt when I woke up. After a few days, I felt like I had so much life to live and that I just couldn’t waste any more time.
I began building a process to have my work follow this mantra and “Designing with a Deadline” was born. Life is FAR TOO SHORT to be angry, frustrated, unhappy and embarrassed by our homes. I have a NEED inside of me to share the LOVE I have for my gift of design. I have been encouraged to share this story so that many of you will see that even if you don’t have a near-death experience like I did, that you will see that life is short.
I can’t wait to share my talents with my clients and readers and help you all design the life you want now and to live each moment in complete joy, LOVE and appreciation for what you have. And if you don’t have it, to create it and create it NOW. I hope my story encourages you and I would love to hear from you if my story helps you to move forward with what you want in your life and your home.
Happy, Happy Valentines Day to all of you. Take the time to LOVE where your are right now in your life and to LOVE the ones you are with.
All my LOVE